Beyond Expectations focuses on STEM education (particularly media technology). We use hands-on media instruction to provide tangible, marketable life skills that ALL YOUTH need as they transition to adulthood. Our Young Professionals Leadership Initiative provides older teens with instruction on personal branding and interviewing skills.
Video resumes help participants differentiate themselves in this competitive marketplace.
Our programs are open to all youth who come to us from all across the state, including those in the foster care system. We have been a model of social emotional learning by achieving tangible goals, delivering quality products, and finding alternative ways to uncover the hidden talents of vulnerable youth. For those who are facing the reality of aging out of the foster care system, we have provided a safe, positive environment to learn marketable skills and establish relationships within a non-treatment setting.
Studies indicate that young people who have aged out of foster care without a permanent family face a number of educational and employment challenges:
- 40-63% did not complete high school
- 25-55% are unemployed; those employed had average earnings below the poverty level
- only 38% of those employed were still working after one year