As a former youth in care, building your support network is a key part of making community connections and finding resources that can help you succeed.

Below are some suggestions on how to create a strong support network.

Find an individual who has gone through similar experiences, shares your interests and/or supports your goals and may be open to being your mentor. Mentors can offer guidance, share insights and provide support as you navigate life transitioning out of care.

Participate in community events, volunteer work and activities aligned with your interests. These can be opportunities to meet new people, build connections and establish a sense of belonging within your community.

Explore educational or training courses and programs to learn, develop your skillset and meet new people with similar interests and goals.

Don’t hesitate to communicate your needs and seek support from people you trust. Being open about your experiences and what you require from a support network can help others try to help you.

Building a support network takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and others as you navigate this process. Each connection you make can contribute to a strong support system that helps you succeed in this new chapter of your life.