Special Treasures & CHIC
Special Treasures was created...
by foster youth, for foster youth, to knock out the barriers to success across America and in our community.
The original concept was developed within the Children's Homes of Iredell County (CHIC) strategic planning meetings in 2011-12. The CHIC worked with youth who lived in their homes to develop a business plan and design the original store.
It has since grown to become a model of success for youth in foster care. It's exciting to see the success of our youth; to watch them pursue their dreams and impact our community in positive ways.
The Special Treasures store is a place where transformation is taking place every day.
Designed to connect our community with the youth in foster care and prepare them for life with the many activities going on behind the scenes.
Our staff work with these youth to develop their natural talents and discover occupational opportunities they wish to pursue. Youth accomplish these goals while working in the store developing transferable work/life skills and building assets.
Our main goal is that every youth in foster care we serve, leave our program with educational success, long term community connections, and a
clear path to a meaningful life.
Paramount to our success is the connection of our youth with mentors who help guide them through their early adult years.
Our program helps youth gain confidence, independence, and build a solid future for themselves by offering matching savings incentives for transportation, housing and higher education.