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Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills are the skills and abilities a person needs to function independently as an adult. In this section, you will find programs and services that assist teens and young adults with general life skills, money management, transportation, pregnancy and parenting, advocacy skills, and legal needs in San Diego County.

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The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

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Access Inc.: Metro Youth Program

Access, Inc.’s Metro Youth Program provides work readiness and employment options in a wide variety of activities to ensure that all youth have the skills and training they need to successfully make the transition to adulthood and careers.

(858) 560-0871

Access to Independence

Access to Independence is an independent living center and a nonresidential, cross-disability, non-profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to help maximize their independence and fully integrate into their communities. We have created a new paradigm for independent living, an integrated service model driven by two areas of focus: Advocacy and Transition.

(619) 293-3500

Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. All our programs promote social, economic, and personal independence.

(619) 685-1175

Areta Crowell BPSR Center

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center’s services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one’s life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Clients actively participate in setting service plan goals and are encouraged to involve family and significant others in the recovery plan.

(619) 233-3432

Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego changes lives through quality programs and guidance in a safe, affordable and fun environment. We serve kids ages 5 to 18-years old with academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyle programs at 17 community-based sites countywide.

Phone numbers for each branch can be found here:

(858) 866-0591

California Indian Legal Services

California Indian Legal Services (CILS) is one of the oldest non-profit law firms devoted exclusively to the cause of Native American rights. Governed by a Board of Trustees selected by California tribes and tribal organizations, CILS has provided free and low-cost legal services to California tribes, tribal organizations and Native American individuals throughout the state for over four decades. Our mission is to protect and advance Indian rights, foster Indian self-determination, and facilitate tribal nation-building.

(800) 743-8941

Casa de Amparo: New Directions

This program provides transitional housing and support for young adults who have aged out of foster care. The program aims to equip former foster youth with the necessary skills and resources to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living. Housing locations are in Oceanside and San Marcos.


Casa de Amparo: Residential Services

Casa Kids, prenatal through 18 years old, who have been traumatized by severe child abuse or neglect, stay at the Casa Kids Campus, a safe and nurturing setting on 11.4 acres of land in San Marcos, California. Each Casa Kid receives comprehensive trauma informed care tailored to their individual physical, social, emotional, developmental, and educational needs, while also ensuring they have as many healthy childhood experiences as possible. Casa de Amparo is licensed to accept ambulatory and non-ambulatory children and those with special healthcare needs. It is the only licensed group home in San Diego County serving pregnant and/or parenting foster youth.

(760) 754-5510

Casa de Amparo: Young Parent Network

The Young Parent Network is designed to address the needs of pregnant and parenting youth through the age of 25, who are struggling with trauma, substance use, or the emotional, financial, and personal demands of being a parent.

325 Buena Creek Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069


4055 Oceanside Boulevard, Suite F, Oceanside, CA 92056

(760) 295-4600

Catalyst (Full Service Partnership)

Catalyst is an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program. Catalyst provides full service partnership services to Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ages 16 to 25 with a serious mental illness, and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in San Diego County. This recovery-focused program is also co-located with a consumer-run clubhouse offering a wide range of services designed to help each participant lead a meaning, self-sufficient life.

(858) 300-0460

Search and Filter

Use the tools below to find the independent living skills resources that fit your unique set of needs.

  • Type of Need

  • Region

  • Services Specifically For

  • Clear Search Form

The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

Funded by the Generosity of

Bank of America

St. Germaine Children's Charity

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We do not endorse any specific organization listed nor are we responsible for ensuring the quality of the services listed. Users should always select services at their own discretion. Additionally, this information is subject to change as funding for programs can shift over time, though we do our very best to keep the resource center as up-to-date as possible.

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