Transition-Age Youth Programs

TAY drop-in hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. TAY follows COVID-safe guidelines and social distancing and masks are required at all times. Please contact the TAY Center staff person you work with individually to set up appointments because not all staff members are available during drop-in hours.

The Transition-Age Youth program serves youth and young adults ages 16 to 26. Services are tailored, collaborative and based on a young person’s strengths. The goal is to create an environment where young people thrive at home, school, work and in their community. TAY Programs include:

Humboldt County Transition-Age Youth Collaboration (HCTAYC)

HCTAYC works to empower youth because it understands young people are experts in the systems that impact them, and this expertise is vital in system transformation. HCTAYC helps to foster and build skills in the areas of youth development, policy change, youth advocacy, community engagement and wellness. HCTAYC provides training to youth, staff and community partners related to more effectively engaging youth and developing youth-informed approaches. Drop-in hours are every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Come to the TAY office to meet the team and check out our services.

Independent Living Skills program (ILS)

The ILS program is designed to assist current and former foster youth as they transition from the foster care system to independence. Youth who have been in foster care after their 16th birthdays are eligible for ILS services until the day before their 21st birthday.

Counseling Services

We offer 1-on-1 counseling, family therapy, case management and drop-in counseling Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m. Our counseling and case management services focus on clients’ goals for employment, housing, education, career and personal well-being.

Employment Training Division (ETD)

Schedule an appointment to talk to a vocational counselor about your resume and job search activities at the ETD Employment Resource Center or TAY. The ETD Employment Resource Center has many workshops that you could attend such as resume tips, interview boot camp, transferable skills and youth work readiness.

TAY has a vocational counselor who is available to meet with you 1-on-1. Services may include the following and more:
  • Clothing Closet for Interviews and Work Clothes
  • Educational Support
  • General Educational Development (GED) Preparation
  • Interview Practice
  • Job Search Guidance
  • Resume Building