Optimist’s Independent Living
Program (ILP) is a 12-bed program
that allows boys aged 16 ½ through
18 to live "independently" in three
apartments on our main campus.
Close supervision is provided
while independence is promoted to those youth
preparing to emancipate.
Residents in the ILP are encouraged to work and earn money to assist them in their
transition into the community. Formal independent living classes are required before the
boys are allowed to work off-grounds. While learning the importance of money
management and life skills, including resume writing and interviewing, the residents work on
the main campus in the kitchen or in the recreation department and are paid for their work.
Responsible for the day-to-day activities of living independently, the boys are required to do
their own laundry, budget their money by keeping a mock checkbook and register, menu
plan and grocery shop, as well learn to cook their meals.
Like all Optimist programs, the clinical work in the ILP is group focused with individual
therapy available on an as-needed basis. Family therapy is available for those residents
who have families and are interested in working on family issues.
Admissions typically end on the resident’s eighteenth birthday although, under certain
circumstances, stays can be extended to the day before their nineteenth birthday.
For more information, please contact: