The Independent Living Skills program provides services to youth still in foster care between the ages of 16 through 21. The primary focus of the Contra Costa County’s ILSP program is to identify all eligible youth and provide emancipation services and resources to all youth with the goal of preparing them for responsible adulthood and independence.
Centrally located in Martinez, California, ILSP has a 10,000 square foot Independent Living Skills Youth Center. Our building houses the ILSP direct service staff and social workers, we have a library, a classroom, a computer lab, and a free clothes closet for youth to utilize. We also have a kitchen that is used as a break room and where cooking classes are offered periodically.
The ILSP office also has a shower that we keep stocked with hygiene products and towels and an emergency food pantry.
ILSP youth are welcome and encouraged to utilize the computer lab to do homework, check their emails, apply for financial aid, apply for college, look for employment or to research whatever is needed. They also get assistance with resume writing and personal essay writing.
Youth can also use the computers to look for apartments and housing options.
Life skills workshops, classes, and activities are offered on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays in three different county locations.
For more information, please contact any of the ILSP staff at 1(866) 994-4577 (ILSP) toll free.
The goal of the ILSP center is to give youth a “home away from home” that is warm and welcoming.