About Us

YEA! Youth Entering Adulthood, Independent Living Skills Program at Southeastern Louisiana University is operated within the Department of Counseling and Human Development.

The program is administered by the state Department of Children and Family Services, and is funded by federal funds under the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (CFCIP). We are a member of the Louisiana Coalition of Independent Living Skills Providers.

We serve youth ages 14-21 who are Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Foster or Adoptive Youth, youth in guardianship with a relative or someone other than their biological parents due to abuse or neglect, Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) youth, and Native American youth who reside in the Covington Region. The Covington Region, Region III, consist of the parishes of Livingston, St.Tammany, St.Helena, Tangipahoa, and Washington.

Services provided include: Pre and post Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA).

Group sessions based on the ACLSA pre-test results, a learning plan, trainings to DCFS case managers and caregivers of youth in care, advocacy, short-term therapeutic interventions, individual follow-up, linking youth to appropriate community resources, and other outreach services.