Once on their own, many experience depression, suicidal thoughts, and are vulnerable to entering the sex industry. For most, safe employment and higher education remain out of reach. Without an advocate, there is little hope.
Oak Tree Project provides 500,000won (~$500) a month for the students to provide for their living expenses. Students are not allowed to work during their semesters but instead focus on their studies. This then enables the students to get high enough grades to receive scholarships for their tuition.
More important than the money, the students are in great need for emotional support and guidance for their lives due to their lack of family. Each student is paired with a mentor who is committed to the student until he/she graduates. Mentors call the students weekly and meet up with the student once a month. As students have progressed in the program they have expressed that they appreciate their mentor much more than the money.