Do you know the challenges of foster youth?
College graduations rates are in the single digits
Many foster youths even drop out of high school
Foster boys are more likely to become homeless or incarcerated by age 20
Many foster girls end up pregnant by age 20
The challenge: Detours
Who do you ask those important delicate questions to while growing up and transitioning into adulthood? How do I decide where I am spending the next holiday; Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas?
A few teachers/counselors may have influenced these students at a monumental moment, believing in them, gave them hope and inspiration to overcome the many obstacles in their paths.
The challenge: Acceptance
A young adult aging out of the foster-care system is not only challenging but fearful as well as isolating.
At the age of 18 many of these youth find themselves homeless, couch hoppers, living with friends or worse yet, incarcerated.
At 18 years of age the funds have ceased to the foster parents. It is very difficult for foster youth to bond with parental authority.
In moving from home to home and school to school, those delicate relationships are fractured.
The challenge: Abandonment
Now that you know some of the challenges our foster youth face;
here's how you can help!
Student Applications can be downloaded from the TAB "Student Resources"
Non-profit (501 c 3) charity organization based in Michigan.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals" -Anonymous