It REALLY Takes a village
When you are in Foster Care your life looks very different than the lives of your peers. There always seems to be an obstacle for you to get through, you may even feel awkward asking for help when you need certain things that kids who aren’t in your situation just get to have.
We recently learned of a need of one of our youth in foster care. Their caseworker reached out and explained that this teen had been working really hard on their life skills, academics as well as their behavior in school. The youth had been expressing a need for a lap top to be able to utilize programs for school as well as furthering himself.
Thanks to private donations through our Step Up, Step Out program we were able to acknowledge his hard work & provide him with a lap top!
Hope For Youth wants to ensure that all of our youth have the tools and resources they need in order to be successful. Hope For Youth’s Step up, Step out program helps to ensure youth aging out of foster care are offered mentorships, career preparation, and ongoing support services once leaving the structure of Hope For Youth.
The program also seeks to increase the number of alumni who attend college and remain connected with Hope For Youth long-term. Hope For Youth does this by partnering with generous community donors as well as foundations to be able to provide funds for things used toward the expenses that youth in our programs have related to college or vocational school such as transportation expenses, SAT’s, college apps, suits for interviews, etc. Hope For Youth also provides professional coaching to our youth. Hope For Youth pairs youth with those in the youth’s field of interest to help them experience the working world.