What We Do

Our Mission

To support young adults impacted by the foster care system and at risk youth by providing safe, stable and affordable housing, as well as education and support services, as they transition to independent living.

Teaching Youth the Keys to Success

The Twin Falls Optimist Youth House (TFOYH) Transitional Living Program provides safe housing, supportive case management services, life skills training, educational and employment guidance and counseling for young adults that have been impacted by the foster care system.

Our goal is to help the youth achieve self-sufficiency, financial independence and long-term housing stability. Once enrolled in the TFOYH program, residents work with a case manager to complete an Independent Living Plan (ILP). The ILP helps identify individual goals including life skills, employment, education and permanent housing.

Getting Onto a Career Path

Residents who are unemployed or interested in finding a different job will meet with an employment specialist that assists with resume building, job searches, interview preparation and goal setting. Residents are required to perform 20 hours a week of active participation toward goals that promote self-sufficiency. This time must correspond with current goals set with the case manager. Some activities that count toward the 20-hour productivity requirement include employment, GED/high school/college classes, job searching, submitting applications, volunteering and life skills classes.