Tavia's Story


Tavia was "aging out" of foster care--a time when she can no longer be supported as a ward of the court. She was fortunate to have a loving foster family. With their help, and that of YWCA's Independent Living Skills Program (ILS), Tavia was able to transition herself and her 2-year old daughter seamlessly into self-supported care.

The ILS Program of YWCA Clark County focuses on housing, education, and employment opportunities for young adults. Staff and volunteers help youth envision, create, and manage a transition plan from state-supported care to successful independence. 

The staff at ILS helped Tavia establish housing and employment, and provided funding for 18 months of housing assistance. With YWCA’s help, Tavia has a place to call home. She’s in school, working full time, and enjoying a strong relationship with her daughter. Her goal is to help other at risk children: “I also want to be there for my daughter, and show her that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything.”