WAY to LIFE Independent Living

WAY to LIFE (Living Independently Fostering Education) program enables young people ages 14 to 21 to become independent and contributing members of their community. The program is designed for:

  • Youth in the custody of Erie County Department of Social Services
  • Those who are in foster care
  • Youth who are incarcerated/reentering young adults
  • Those currently or previously on probation
  • Young people involved in the juvenile justice system
  • Those at risk of dropping out of school

Experienced staff work one-on-one with the individual to help work toward goals such as educational enhancement, vocational development, completion of community services hours for court or school, and acquisition of independent living skills. Activities can include community gardening, serving at a community kitchen, construction-based work, sports activities, field trips, college campus visits and various life skills workshops.

WAY to LIFE refers and partners with a number of agencies to ensure students have a wide range of experiences working in the community. Current partners include:

-Compass House

-Plymouth Crossroads

-Bissonette House

-Community Action Organization (CAO)


-Restoration Society

-Monarch Day Care

-PeacePrints Prison Ministry

-St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy


For more information on The WAY Program, please call 716-828-7038.



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