Lantern is one of New York City’s largest providers of supportive housing for young adults. We provide tailored services for young people ages 18 to 26 who have recently aged out of foster care. Many of these young people entered foster care due to abuse or neglect by their families of origin. Many are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Some struggle with depression and other mental health problems. All need youth-friendly, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed services that improve their day-to-day lives while building the foundation for a healthy, independent adulthood.
Lantern’s services are a lifeline for the vulnerable young people we serve, helping them overcome the many obstacles they face in achieving their personal, educational, health, and employment-related goals. Our youth-appropriate independent living skills education, employment and educational services, health and wellness services, and arts, cultural and fitness programming enable each young person to reach his or her full potential and experience success.
We continually expand and refine our services for young people. Our growing suite of innovative youth-focused initiatives includes:
- Our new Moving On project, which provides a continuum of housing transition services that enables our older young adults to access private or affordable housing apartments in their community of choice. This new project dovetails with our ongoing work on transitioning our oldest young adults into permanent housing.
- Our Transitions Toolkit to direct Lantern staff’s work to assist clients in successfully transitioning out of Lantern’s facilities by the age of 26. The toolkit is based on Foster Club’s “Transition Toolkit” for youth transitioning out of foster care.
- Offering an evidence-based mental health recovery model called Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) in one of our youth-focused buildings. IMR is a proven method for helping clients achieve and maintain mental health recovery.
- The development, piloting and national dissemination of Food 4 Life, a new, evidence-informed nutrition, cooking and financial capacity program for young adults aged 18 to 26 who live in supportive housing.
Lantern promotes a warm and welcoming environment in which young people thrive. This includes LGBT-friendly services and an atmosphere in which diversity in all its forms is honored. Creative and recreational activities, shared mealtimes, informal gatherings, holiday celebrations, individual and group counseling, social media initiatives, and other creative interventions ensure that each young person in our program receives the mix of supportive services needed to make a successful transition to independence.