“When Lena first came to me, she wasn’t talking about college and a future. Now, the moon is the limit for her.”

Adoptive Parent


Sometimes youth do not know their own abilities because they lack encouragement or genuine connections with educators. With the education resources here, you can help youth explore education in a new way and set them on a path to success.


Learning styles – what’s right for your youth?

Different learning styles can significantly affect the way a youth receives information:

  • Visual learners can understand concepts better through diagrams or images.
  • Audio learners absorb information by asking for detailed verbal instructions.
  • Kinesthetic/tactile learners learn best through experience.

Download Casey Life Skills Learning Style Levels.

Tip: connecting youth to learning styles

Ask youth what subject in school is most difficult for them. Now ask them to imagine what it would feel like to be great at that subject, or understand it easily. Explain how understanding their learning style can help achieve that feeling of success.

 Give your youth the Learning Styles Quiz.

 Next, you may want to explore with the youth the professions they might consider with the learning styles that match them:

  • Visual learners might enjoy being an architect, graphic designer, filmmaker, pilot or project manager.
  • Careers worth exploring for auditory learners are sound engineer, musician, audiologist or sound editor.
  • A kinesthetic/tactile learner might consider a career as a law enforcement professional, physician, computer programmer, scientist, sports professional, physical therapist, mechanic or construction worker.

Continued Formal Education

Further education is not for everyone and not everyone does it in the same way. Determining the best path for your youth largely depends on their goals. You can use the worksheet below to explore long-term and short-term goals.

“Dream It, Plan It, Do It” worksheet

Some options to consider include:

  • Two-year community college
  • Four-year public or private college or university
  • Apprenticeships
  • Vocational school
  • Enlisting in the military

Do youth know what each option offers?

On this website, under Youth Life skills, workers and the youth they are helping can look at the Education section for a detailed run-down of the education options listed above, what each offers, and how to get in.


Let youth know that cost does not have to be an obstacle to furthering their education. Youth can get financial aid from schools by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and sending it to each school they are considering attending. They may also qualify for particular scholarships, based on ethnic heritage, interests or disabilities. Scholarships are also available from local groups, such as the Rotary Club or Kiwanis. Youth should check with school counselors as well as search online to find out what’s available for them.

For those who are not college-bound, apprenticeships offer paid training for many skilled, much needed jobs.

Education and training voucher

Funding for continuing education in college is also available through programs such as the Education Training Voucher, which offers up to $5,000 per year or the total cost of attendance per year (whichever is less), per eligible youth4.

Download the Education and Training Fact sheet, Application and FAQs.