No matter our age, we never outgrow the need for family.
But unlike their peers, foster youth generally don't continue to have a family based support system as the transition from high school to adult life. As a result, foster youth must become more self-sufficient at an earlier age.
They have to do this while playing on an uneven field. Foster youth who have "aged out" of the system don't have parents to help them hone life skills. They don't have that family based support system to pick them up when they make a mistake, or to encourage them to keep going when they face challenges.
Foster youth tend to be less prepared for college level work because their K-12 education has been disrupted by placement changes, and for many, a failure to be tracked in college prep courses. This can increase the amount of time foster youth need to earn their degree. And as we all know, the longer it takes to get something done, the less likely it will ever get finished.
They have all experienced some level of psychological (if not physical) trauma, if only because they were removed from their birth family and the way of life they knew. Foster youth tend to have lower self-esteem and self-confidence, making them more vulnerable to give up when things don't go as planned
While we cannot rewrite a former foster kid's history, we can however help to improve their odds of achieving future success. Through our mentoring program we:
-Offer caring support and guidance through one-on-one mentoring relationships
-Create opportunities for social and professional networking through quarterly get-togethers
-Sponsor educational workshops focused on important life and skills
Mentor fun day at
Non-profit (501 c 3) charity organization based in Michigan.
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"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals" -Anonymous