Survivor Independence Packs

Issue Overview

The Troubled Teen Industry, which claims to “fix” struggling youth, warehouses an estimated 120,000 – 200,000 young people annually. Non-evidence-based approaches, including solitary confinement, physical restraint, sexual violence, and conversion therapy, are routinely used to control youth in these facilities.

Every year, youth at these facilities “age out” by turning 18 and leaving the program. Due to stressful relationships that often exist between youth and their families, many young people end up homeless and with no resources.

Project Impact

Providing Independence Packs to new survivors who age out of programs will allow us to empower them with essential tools, information, and helpful guidance on issues they may be naive to due to their time in a facility. Together, these resources will help survivors better re-integrate into society and help them start on their healing journeys.

These packs will contain a backpack, hygiene products, a book about the TTI, gift cards, and a laptop preloaded with extensive resources to help the survivor navigate life outside of the program.