“Empowering Youth” evolved because of a need to assist those youths who aged out of the foster care system. Their living situation suddenly changed as a result and caused them to live independently with minimal assistance. Assistance League of Boise stepped up to enable these youth toward becoming successful in living independently. A committee of ALB volunteers purchase needed supplies (there is a set purchase amount) from local stores and assembles them together in a basic household kit which is then placed in an extra- large duffel bag for easier transport. A lovely handmade quilt, sewn with care by many volunteers is also included with each “kit.” The “kits” are then picked-up and distributed to those youth who have aged out of the foster care system by the Ada County Department of Health and Welfare.
Contents of each “kit”
Bedroom: quilt, hangers
Kitchen: cutting board, knife set, microwave bowl set, can opener, pot holders, spatula, a set of dishes for 2, drinking glasses for 2, silverware for 2, pizza pan, a frying pan, a sauce pan, measuring cup, one dish and hand towel, package of trash bags, a pair of scissors and a basic tool kit
Laundry: a laundry basket
Bathroom: package of 6 roll toilet paper, towels for 2, 2 boxes of Kleenex, basic first aid kit