The resolution recognizes foster youth
throughout the United States for their ongoing tenacity, courage, and resilience while facing life challenges; acknowledges the exceptional alumni of the foster-care system who serve as advocates and role models for youth who remain in care; and honors the commitment and dedication of the individuals who work tirelessly to provide assistance and services to children in the foster-care system.
Too often the needs of the thousands of former foster youth
who age out of the system are overlooked," explains Larry Miller, CEO of Sit 'n Sleep.
In the case of foster youth
, most caregivers are unwilling or unable to take on the extra expense, said Victoria Jackson, membership chair of Florida Youth SHINE's Tallahassee chapter.
The Club currently has 18 teams aged from under 7s to under 18s, all competing in the Russell Foster Youth
Mayors and other municipal leaders can play important roles in convening key stakeholders, ensuring that city services reach transitioning foster youth
and contributing to a citywide strategy that addresses the needs of these youth.
Recently she received a college scholarship from United Friends of the Children, an organization that provides financial assistance to foster youths
in the Los Angeles area so they can attend a four-year college.
Crossover youth costs averaged $35,171 over four years versus $12,532 for foster youth
Jason Hodge, a recent college graduate and 2014 Shadow Day participant, said that the day allows for foster youth
to interact with policy makers and have a level of influence in their future.
Businesses With Heart was developed to offer discounts on extracurricular activities, restaurants, haircuts, automotive repairs, family photography, goods and other services for foster youth
and their caregivers, and to build deeper connections within the community.
As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth
, Ive had the chance to hear directly from teenagers in foster care.
Data about their college-going rates is scant, but existing studies indicate that, while the majority of foster youth
say they want to go to college, few will ever attain a degree.
Tina Faber is based at West Virginia University in Morgantown and runs a state program called Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth
, or MODIFY.
Orangewood Foundation is a provider of services to foster youth
in Orange County, California.
APHSA and the Colorado Department of Human Services hosted a meeting with Rafael Lopez, commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), and Region VIII staff to highlight the state's initiatives to improve outcomes for foster youth
, including the department's efforts to improve educational stability for foster youth
and collaboration with the Mile High United Way.
The San Mateo County Community College District also provides scholarship support enabling foster youth
and students from under-served communities the opportunity to attend BAPA and experience a life-altering experience, and is working with school districts, public agencies and community organizations to raise awareness of BAPA scholarship opportunities.