Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative (MYOI)
MYOI’S goal is to ensure that young people in foster care have successful outcomes in housing, education, employment, community engagement, and health. Each site provides:
Training: Training opportunities are provided to educate a person’s purchases, life skills, and preparation for adult hood including housing, employment, education, health, and community engagement.
Matches: Each youth has an individual development account, IDA. Youth are required to save money in their IDA each month. MYOI matches the IDA funds dollar-to-dollar up to $1000 per year for a used to purchase an asset.
Stipends: Use stipend payments for participation in events and meetings. The stipends assist youth to save money in their IDA’s. Earning stipends is a tangible way to recognize the time and effort that they have contributed to the program.
Youth Boards: The Youth board serve as the leadership and advocacy arm of MYOI. Youth are trained in leadership, media, and communication skills, including how to strategically share their story and present on panels.
Community Partners Boards: A community partner board is a group of business, public and private agencies, and community representatives that have an interest in assisting youth who are transitioning out of foster care. Community partner board members provide support, discounts to services, and advocacy as a form of care for youth.