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Achieving Independence Center
A "One-Stop" Self-Sufficiency Program for Youth Transitioning to Independence

Each year in Philadelphia, an estimated 2000 to 2500 children prepare to leave the child welfare system. Studies have shown that without support, a significant portion of youth transitioning from care experience homelessness, victimization, unemployment and dependency on various types of public assistance.

To help this population make a successful transition to adulthood, DHS has established the Achieving Independence Center which aims to ensure that youth leaving care have an opportunity to develop independent living skills, build a network of social supports, find safe, affordable housing and stable employment before they leave care. The AIC is a collaborative one-stop Center that provides access to a full range of independent living services to meet each youth's individual transition needs.

The Achieving Independence Center is located at 1415 North Broad St. in Philadelphia. To refer a youth call 215-574-9194.
Services include:
  • Life skills training including daily living skills, money management, self-care, personal and social development
  • Mentoring
  • Family Planning
  • Housing assistance
  • Educational Support Services
  • Job readiness training
  • Hands-on Job training program in hospitality and food service
  • Computer Certification

Eligibility
Youth must:

  • Be between 14 and 21 years old;
  • Be in or have been in out-of-home placement at or after age 14; and
  • Have been adjudicated dependent OR dependent and delinquent with shared case management responsibility between DHS and the juvenile probation office.