CitySquare’s TRAC

From time to time, I want to highlight programs at CitySquare. Of course because I work there, but more than that, because the people that work there do absolutely amazing work!

One such program is Transition Resource Action Center or TRAC. It officially became a part of CitySquare’s family of programs shortly after my arrival in 2008 and has been one of our most effective and impactful resources, for kids who are aging out of foster care.

Here’s more…

“TRAC is the transition center for a 19 county area that includes Dallas and Tarrant County,” said Madeline Reedy, program director of TRAC. “There are 17 transition centers around Texas, but we are the only one in this region. With the support of CitySquare’s programs and services, we are a one-stop shop for youth to come and get the services they need to help them find their footing as they become an adult.”TRAC provides assistance to approximately 800 young people every year. TRAC’s programs include:

  • Life Skills Training – a 36-hour, experiential training program on six core elements for youths that are still in the foster care system
  • Case Management – coaching for ages 17½-21 as they transition out of foster care
  • Housing Programs
    • Short-term rental assistance
    • Transitional housing for homeless youths
    • Permanent housing for homeless disabled youths
  • Workforce Training – including assistance with job search and job retention
  • Crisis Intervention

“At TRAC, we use a coaching philosophy,” said Reedy. “We’re not caseworkers. A caseworker’s job is to manage tasks: to make sure the youth is doing what they are supposed to be doing. A coach’s job is to see where they are today and where they want to be in the future – and help them achieve their goals. That’s really what we’re hoping to do, to help coach youth to become successful in the future.”

“TRAC is the transition center for a 19 county area that includes Dallas and Tarrant County,” said Madeline Reedy, program director of TRAC. “There are 17 transition centers around Texas, but we are the only one in this region. With the support of CitySquare’s programs and services, we are a one-stop shop for youth to come and get the services they need to help them find their footing as they become an adult.”TRAC provides assistance to approximately 800 young people every year. TRAC’s programs include:

  • Life Skills Training – a 36-hour, experiential training program on six core elements for youths that are still in the foster care system
  • Case Management – coaching for ages 17½-21 as they transition out of foster care
  • Housing Programs
    • Short-term rental assistance
    • Transitional housing for homeless youths
    • Permanent housing for homeless disabled youths
  • Workforce Training – including assistance with job search and job retention
  • Crisis Intervention

“At TRAC, we use a coaching philosophy,” said Reedy. “We’re not caseworkers. A caseworker’s job is to manage tasks: to make sure the youth is doing what they are supposed to be doing. A coach’s job is to see where they are today and where they want to be in the future – and help them achieve their goals. That’s really what we’re hoping to do, to help coach youth to become successful in the future.”

“TRAC is the transition center for a 19 county area that includes Dallas and Tarrant County,” said Madeline Reedy, program director of TRAC. “There are 17 transition centers around Texas, but we are the only one in this region. With the support of CitySquare’s programs and services, we are a one-stop shop for youth to come and get the services they need to help them find their footing as they become an adult.”TRAC provides assistance to approximately 800 young people every year. TRAC’s programs include:

  • Life Skills Training – a 36-hour, experiential training program on six core elements for youths that are still in the foster care system
  • Case Management – coaching for ages 17½-21 as they transition out of foster care
  • Housing Programs
    • Short-term rental assistance
    • Transitional housing for homeless youths
    • Permanent housing for homeless disabled youths
  • Workforce Training – including assistance with job search and job retention
  • Crisis Intervention

“At TRAC, we use a coaching philosophy,” said Reedy. “We’re not caseworkers. A caseworker’s job is to manage tasks: to make sure the youth is doing what they are supposed to be doing. A coach’s job is to see where they are today and where they want to be in the future – and help them achieve their goals. That’s really what we’re hoping to do, to help coach youth to become successful in the future.”

Again, TRAC is one of our most amazing programs, with amazing caring people. Find out more about TRAC and its program director Madeline Reedy here and here

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