Leadership Profile: Charles from Monroe County, Pennsylvania

Charles Stecker

Location: Monroe County, PA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 10 Years
Interests: My only interests are interactive intervention and proactive prevention of childhood abuses utilizing reform of the original child welfare system… Family.

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is the ability to inspire, motivate and empower a group of individuals towards a common goal with a servants heart.

 

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Leadership Profile: Ebony from Douglas County, Nebraska

Ebony Lowe

Location: Douglas County, NE
Number of Years in Foster Care: 9 Months
Interests:  Foster Care Advocacy, Working with Youth, Mental Health Awareness

Definition of Leadership: A leader is someone who has learned how to follow first.

Goals: To Finish my Social Work degree

 

Foster Leaders Weekly Updates – 4/17/2018

Our weekly updates meetings are virtual meetings, which allows us to connect with our representatives and our supporters around the United States and beyond.  If you would like to share any information that is beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post and your information may be discussed during the meeting.

Please listen to our meeting podcast at:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fosterleadersus/2018/04/18/foster-leaders-weekly-update–4172018

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST FOSTER LEADERS

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UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 29th – Online Screening and Virtual Panel Discussion of “For a Better Life” by Foster Care Film

CA – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH SHARE INSIGHT WITH FOSTER PARENTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS
SOURCE: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/14275450/adopt-8-former-foster-youth-provide-unique-insight-into-the-system

NE – RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT
HomeStart is a collective effort between the Junior League of Lincoln and HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults to create HomeStart, which provides home essentials for young adults as they transition out of care.  These home essentials, like bedding and hygiene items, are provided at no charge.
Source: http://www.klkntv.com/story/37906869/local-non-profit-donates-household-supplies-to-youth-in-need

NY – EVENT PROCEEDS HELPING FOSTER YOUTH GO TO CAMP FELIX

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WI – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
Chance Cork recently won the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  After briefly attending college, Chance worked for 6 years and realized that he had an interest in Engineering.  Despite a learning disability, he has returned to college and has become a recognized student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Source: https://news.wisc.edu/top-returning-adult-students-honored-for-perseverance-success/

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
On March 30th, 2018, Kaysie Getty launched her project called Sew Educated.  The goal of Sew EdUcated is to provide custom stoles to alumni of foster care graduating from college to celebrate their success and defying the odds. By wearing these stoles it will bring awareness not only to others around them but their universities as well. The vision is to “Change the less than to Greater”. Please click here to visit the Facebook page to learn more,

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH MANAGING RESEARCH PROJECT
ANYONE with former foster care experience is invited to participate…the end goal is to further protect foster youth rights. My senior thesis, which is IRB approved, is focusing on Foster Youth’s Cultural Identity and It’s Impact on Social Well-Being. I found through my experience, the foster care bill of rights, and and academic literature that cultural identity is an often overlooked yet integral piece of well being especially in foster youth. Here is the link to participate: https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byMqgxUvFj3bddj

 

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, MARCIO DONALDSON, ON AMERICAN IDOL.  VOTING BEGINS ON APRIL 22.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO VOTE ON MARCIO.

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, SHARANE CALISTER, ON THE VOICE.

Most of our discussion will be over the foster youth college they are planning to establish in West Virginia.  Thomas Bailey, who is leading the planning of that project, is joining us to discuss some of the specifics and to address any questions/feedback that he is able to answer.
Link to article:
https://www.kvc.org/blog/first-college-for-youth-emerging-from-foster-care-gets-name-opening-date/

QUESTIONS/FEEDBACK ABOUT FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE:

–  Cost to the Students

–  Cost to the Public

–  Admissions Criteria

–  Curriculum/Course Offerings (Academic/Trade)

–  Accreditation Information

–  What kind of Outreach to Foster Youth in High School

–  Any Plans for an Open House in the Future?

–  What Role Have Foster Youth Played in the Planning for this Project?

–  How will the College and Faculty/Staff Address Stigmas and Labeling?

–  Is Hiring Alumni from Care a Priority?

–  Will this Campus Provide Dormitory Living?

–  What Percentage of Students will be able to Live On-Campus?

– How is this an Improvement over Robust College Support Programs (like Guardian Scholars or Fostering Success Michigan) that Serve and Support Students Attending a Traditional College?

–  Are you all Partnering with Existing College Support Programs?

–  Are Students able to get their General Education and Transfer?

–  What Level of Training on Mental Health/Trauma-Informed Care will Staff Have

–  Is there a Goal or Openness to Have a Campus Like this in other States in the Future?

–  Will there be Distance-Learning Opportunities?

–  Are they Currently Hiring? – Kathy Jones

– Would those who had Failed Adoptions or those Adopted at a Late age be able to Attend?

–  There’s Something about that which makes it seem less legit, less Accredited. Why not Riverbend College or Riverbend University?  Is this Meant to be a Trade-School Only?

– How will this College Play a Role in Integrating those from Foster Care into the General Population?

– How will the young people there maintain connections with their home communities?

– What will the transition from home to campus look like? And then from campus to home?

– What provisions will be made for youth who don’t like it there?

Leadership Profile: Rodney from Orange County, California

Rodney Sims

Location: Orange County, CA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 17 Years
Interests:  Proud Father, Martial artist, Comic Book artist, fitness and well-being coach, health care provider, Proud husband and inspiration to enduring children and my fellow Man.

Definition of Leadership: Defying all odds known to Man, Making a positive impact on those who wrongfully endure, Inspiring hope in the hearts of the hopeless,

Please browse the powerful statements made through Rodney’s artistic expression.

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It’s in our nature to follow righteousness, but there will be times when darkness threatens the light we strive to hold on to.

10 Reasons to Have a Mentor

10 Reasons to Have a Mentor by Julia Neiman

– Perspective and Experience
– Help You Think Outside the Box
– Define and Reach Long-Term Goals
– Accountability
– Trusted Person to Discuss Ideas and Issues With
– Have a Champion or an Ally
– Expanded Contacts and Networks
– Open Doors
– To Inspire You
– Work Better

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO FULL DISCUSSION ON THESE 10 POINTS

Leadership Profile: Anne from Highland County, Ohio

Anne Phillips

Location: Highland County, OH
Number of Years in Foster Care: 6 Years
Interests:  Giving advice to others when they ask, arts and crafts, taking care of animals. I volunteer at the church I attend. I’m involved in the activities that occur at the state lake I live near.

Definition of Leadership: Role models that have the experience and skills to guide and lead those that are unsure what to do or where to take the next step.

 

Leadership Profile: Marcus from Sacramento County, California

Marcus Jones

Location: Sacramento County, CA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 5 Years
Interests:  I was in California Youth Connection back in 2004-2007 it taught me to be an advocate for the foster youth to know their rights while living in the foster care system. Also, California Youth Connection taught me to be a better leader for the foster youth because they need my help to help them to write the A.B. bill to California Governor to mandate training for foster parents.  I love to go to concerts to have fun to relieve stress. My hobby is writing because it helps me to get things off of my mind. I am a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Advocacy and Diversity (Special Major). Now I am graduate of Walden University studying in Master of Science Criminal Justice Specialization in Law and Policy.

Definition of Leadership: My definition of leadership is to be an advocate for the foster youth who don’t have a voice.

Goals:  I am currently looking for job that allows me to promote advocacy and diversity safe space for former youth to be free from hate, sexual orientation, and diversity. 

 

Leadership Profile: Venasta from Duval County, Florida

Venasta Thomas

Location: Duval County, FL
Number of Years in Foster Care: 11 Years
Interests: I’m involved with checking on foster care children to make sure their placement is a safe and well cared for environment. I am interested in maintaining a honest rapport and good relationship with the children I am assigned to. I also would like to see foster youths have a well grounded financial understanding/ budgets, with money. I have my bachelor’s degree in accounting and always willing to share wise financial spending concepts when dealing with a different income due to job status or health issues.

Definition of Leadership: A person who can be honest enough to share and listen to another person’s ideas in subjects that are important for their journey in life which leads then to ultimately living a productive life as responsible, accountable and caring individuals.

 

Leadership Profile: Sonia from Alameda County, CA

Sonia Aldape

Location: Alameda County, CA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 4 Years
Interests: I am a clinical social worker committed to supporting people in their health and wellness goals. I love running, reading and hiking.

Definition of Leadership: My definition of leadership is to present and dedicate oneself in a manner that is admirable and respectable.

 

Foster Leaders Weekly Updates – 4/8/2018

Our weekly updates meetings are virtual meetings, which allows us to connect with our representatives and our supporters around the United States and beyond.  If you would like to share any information that is beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post and your information may be discussed during the meeting.



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UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 29th – Online Screening and Virtual Panel Discussion of “For a Better Life” by Foster Care Film