- June 2016
- Vol. 17, No. 4
App for Youth in Foster Care
The transition from youth into adulthood is a confusing time of life, and youth in foster care who are transitioning may face additional challenges in knowing where to go to access important information they may need as young adults. My JumpVault provides youth with a space where they can securely store and access important information, so that it's always within reach when they need it.
Developed by Five Points Technology Group and designed by youth formerly in foster care, My JumpVault helps youth safely archive personal records like health, employment, and education documentation, and it allows youth to store helpful tips, resources, reminders, photographs, and more via a secure website. Youth can access My JumpVault using their technology of choice, be it laptop, tablet, PC, or smartphone, and there are many options for how to upload information and documents. The app features a dashboard that provides an overview of and links to content areas that include the following:
- My Identification: Allows the user to track progress for and upload multiple identification-related information, such as driver's licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.
- My Education: Allows the user to upload and track important documentation related to his or her education—from a high school transcript, or a GED/diploma, to letters of recommendation and his or her Education and Career Plan.
- My Calendar: Allows the youth and case worker to add events to the youth's calendar and monitor them closely.
- My Rights: Offers youth links to documents and guidance pertaining to his or her rights, enabling self-education in many vital areas that help the youth maintain self-assurance and self-reliance as he or she moves through the foster care system.
Youth can begin using the app at age 14, and caseworkers and Independent Living specialists assisting transitioning youth can access the profiles of youth they serve until they reach age 18, when access becomes more limited, in order to partner with youth in maintaining their important information.
To learn more about My JumpVault, visit http://www.myjumpvault.org/.