Bridge to Adulthood

The Path to Purpose program is designed to help bridge the gap to stability for all current, former, and future Show-Me children as they transition to adulthood.  Show-Me will help pave the way for each young person to solidify his or her dreams and turn them into reality, by providing them with the support, encouragement, and necessary resources available to assist them.

The program not only provides the knowledge, but necessary resources and support networks to find success on their journey. By reaching designated milestones such as completion of high school or basic training, current and former Show-Me children will become eligible for additional scholarships, loans (down-payment on their first car or first apartment) and other financial assistance as they take their first steps into adulthood.

Path to Purpose students
Path to Purpose students

How the Path to Purpose Program Works

This customized program, based on their interest and skill-level, helps provide a ‘right-fit’ education leading to a ‘right-fit’ career. Life skills will be taught through mentors, job coaching, and hands-on applications to complement their formal education.

Assess

  • Academic abilities–using test prep and results from national standardized test like the ACT and ASVAB
  • Career interests–through use of “The Pathway Planner”, students can narrow down career areas that might be a good fit for their interest and abilities.
  • Personality testing–by identifying a student’s thinking style and personality traits, we can further encourage fields of study that may aid in their success.
  • Skill identification–students have the opportunity to explore areas where they may be gifted.
  • Educational opportunities–after narrowing down possible career fields, students can begin to match those fields with the education that best matches their field of choice.
Path to Purpose Assess

Learn

  • Teach necessary skills for living and learning
  • Applied skills including driving, cooking, home repair, etc
  • Life skills learning to manage their resources including finances, social choices, etc
  • Develop a mentoring relationship with another significant adult
  • Career “shadowing” and college visits
Path to Purpose Learn

Launch

  • Bridge the gap between student and adult, providing assistance for a right-fit in a vocation, technical training, college education, or military career
  • Applied skills including driving, cooking, home repair, etc
  • Life skills learning to manage their resources including finances, social choices, etc
  • Provide support for obtaining housing, transportation, and stabilization
  • Continue established mentoring relationship with a key individual “coach” for support, advice, and accountability
Path to Purpose Launch