Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/18/2018

STATEMENT ON FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

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NOTABLE UPDATES

NATIONWIDE

After years of being restricted from receiving Medicaid up to 26 years old if they moved out of state, former foster youth may now be able to do so, thanks to the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act.
Link: https://bass.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-bass-introduces-legislation-ensure-former-foster-youth-can-keep

CALIFORNIA

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COLORADO

Those aging-out of Colorado foster care are helped by housing vouchers.

Link: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/02/13/housing-vouchers-foster-youth/

NEVADA

Senate Bill 231 is now heading to the desk of the Governor.  This bill is expected to provide a tax credit to those who hire young adults from state care.
Link: http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/tax-incentive-hiring-foster-youth-heads-governor 

NORTH CAROLINA

Transportation Really Is Possible (TRIP) pilot program is available to help foster youth with costs associated with acquiring a driver’s license

Link: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/pilot-program-helps-eligible-foster-youth-obtain-driver%E2%80%99s-license

WASHINGTON

Mike McCready from Pearl Jam worked with 4 young adults from foster care to create a song
Link: http://q13fox.com/2018/02/13/pearl-jams-mike-mccready-helps-foster-care-youth-create-their-own-music/

WEST VIRGINIA

The former campus for the West Virginia University Institute of Technology will now provide students transitioning out of foster care with an opportunity to earn two-year degrees and live on-campus at no cost to them.
Link: http://wvah.com/news/local/west-virginia-college-for-foster-care-youth-gets-name

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/11/2018

**If you would like to share any event(s), resource(s), or any other update(s) that are beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are dedicated to guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post with a brief summary, in which states this information is relevant, and link(s) where we can find more information. **

FEATURED LEADERSHIP PROFILE

Jade Scar
SCARLETT
Location:  Alabama
Number of Years in Foster Care: 6 Years
Interests: Drawing and Poetry

Definition of Leadership: The ability to find self – confidence in yourself, not in trying to please everyone else. Learning to love yourself, as well as to know you deserve to be loved. Also being bold in making your own choices in life.

Goals: To start taking Bible Classes and Christian Counseling Classes

 


NOTABLE UPDATES

UNITED STATES

The 2018 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program application is now open! The National Foster Youth Institute is accepting submissions from former foster youth (ages 18-30) across the United States with leadership potential and a drive for change! Individuals who are interested in using their voices to improve the foster care system for all youth and families are encouraged.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, please complete and/or share the application. ***The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 28th!*** You can find out more about the Shadow Day experience on our website or contact our team at shadowday@nfyi.org CLICK THE LINK below to complete the 2018 Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day Program Application:
Link: Tinyurl.com/NFYIShadowDay2018

Former foster youth, with a thought out discussion of foster care being utilized as an intervention for struggling families.
Link: http://www.myajc.com/news/opinion/opinion-former-foster-child-says-dfcs-should-last-resort/zcKh3ivT0WG2IupwXJb2YI/

CALIFORNIA

Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company’s Bootstrap Program brings foster youth into the company’s studio. Workshops in dance, music, video, visual art, web design, business, and marketing aim to expose Bay Area youth to possibilities and resources for careers in the arts
Link:  https://www.sfcv.org/preview/robert-moses-kin/robert-moses-kin-fosters-a-new-generation-of-artists-with-bootstrap-tales

COLORADO

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Grand Junction:  This event is for former foster youth, aka, Foster Alumni. If you experienced foster care for a short time, aged out, reunified with your parents, were adopted, or were raised by someone other than your biological parents, we would love for you to join us! Foster Alumni Mentors is a local program working toward ending the stigma of who foster youth become in life and inspiring hope in those who are currently in the foster care system.  Please click here to RSVP.

GEORGIA
Christian rapper, Tedashii, will be putting on a concert at Crosspointe Church (Valdosta) on Friday, February 16 at 7PM (EST).  Proceeds from this event will support Called to Care.  Called to Care works with foster youth, ages 14 to 21.
Link: http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/local_news/rapper-to-perform-at-crosspointe/article_5ac780cf-8792-5579-9cf1-15ca28b7d903.html

ILLINOIS

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OHIO

Former foster youth, Kevinee Gilmore, purchased a home and is working with local professionals to prepare it for 3 aged-out foster youth to be able to live in.
Link: http://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/aged-out-foster-youth-can-soon-call-this-house-a-home/95-516911158

Personal Leadership Vision: Rose

Rose Hensley

Location: Tennessee
Number of Years in Foster Care: 4 Years
Interests: Painting, Crocheting, Poetry, Dog Rescuing, Sculpting, Sketching, Fishing, Camping, Cooking

Definition of Leadership: I think my mission with my advocacy is to lift folks up, point them in a good direction, be there to catch someone when they fall. I believe that every story is important no matter what capacity you were in foster care. We have to look out for one another, encourage one another, to help as many as can be told that you can be a victor instead a victim, and that you can rise up despite circumstances. I also believe in free speech which is what I encourage folks on the page to use.

Goals: To continue growing Former Foster Children United, which encourages former foster youth to pursue education and self-sufficiency.

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

Crochet Bag

I made this bag recently because I noticed I’ve still got my things packed in a garbage bags at 37 years old. It bothered me that that became normal and has been for many years. I remember times having only a few minutes to pack all my belongings in those bags to move from place to place, never having a permanent place to live, and during my adulthood I moved around a whole lot too. And of course my main luggage was hefty suitcase. I created this bag as an upgrade to that.

rug

This blanket is very special to me. I made this in memory of my brother, Finley Burgans.  There were a lot of tears while making this but it helped and now I sleep under it every night. My brother and I were the only siblings who were close and had a bond. I hurt for him because his childhood in foster care was a nightmare. Mom pretty much dropped him off at a pedophiles door step via my auntie Michael. He was in Michigan foster care before I was born.

hat

I make these as gifts.  That’s one skill my mother taught me as a kid.  If you can help folks, then do it. I make them sometimes to take to homeless shelter.

painting

Her dress in tatters but holding to her faith in the darkness. These tattered clothes serve as a reminder of the clothing many foster kids are stuck with are rags.  Each candle is a lesson learned and the rosary behind her was her cross to bear in life.   Praying because she was scared of not knowing why she prayed to god and things got worse. The darkness surrounding her as she still tries to hold on to her faith that things will get better but things seem to not.  

 

Virtual School – Dothan, AL

PLEASE COMMENT ON THIS PAGE IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH VIRTUAL SCHOOL YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OR YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT WITH GENERAL FEEDBACK.

Students in 6th to 12th grades in Dothan City Schools have the opportunity to take classes from home.  They may try virtual school for up to 20 days, to see if it is good for them.  They must still go to school to take tests.  If you would like more information on virtual school, please contact the central office at 334-793-1397.

Link: http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Changes-made-to-DCS-virtual-school-program-benefit-students–435300783.html

Responsible Smartphone Use by Daniel Tiblets

This leadership lesson is provided by Daniel Tiblets, based on a book by Tony Reinke, called “12 Ways Your Smartphone is Changing You.” This video discusses 12 points to be aware of when using your smartphone:

– Am I seeking distraction?

– Am I ignoring the worth of others or does my smartphone help me empower others?

– Am I craving immediate approval?

– How is this affecting my literacy?

– Am I feeding too much on the produced and not on the moment?

– Are the pages and other members of the pages I browse on my phone helping me grow or are they confirming negative behaviors?

– Is my smartphone making me more lonely?

– Is my smartphone making my bad habits worse?

– Is my smartphone taking away the meaning of the world around me?

– Am I becoming anxious because of what I am missing out on when I don’t have my smartphone?

– Am I speaking life to others through my smartphone?

– How is my smart phone influencing the pursuit of my purpose?

4/29/2018 – Online: Private Screening and Panel Discussion of Foster Care Film’s “For a Better Life”

Foster Leaders is partnering with Foster Care Film to host an online screening of the short film, “For a Better Life.”  After the screening, there will be a panel discussion hosted by Daniel Tiblets of Foster Leaders and Yasmin Mistry of Foster Care Film.

The screening is free to the first 15 people who submit the form below and agree to provide their feedback during the panel discussion following the screening.

Please stay tuned for more details.

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ABOUT THE FILM

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

The Foundling’s Road to Success Program – New York, NY

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For high school students involved in the child welfare system, The Foundling’s Road to Success Program matches teens with a private tutor, who helps them in all areas of school and classwork at the locations and times that work best for the student. Tutors then guide their students through the college application process.

Link: https://www.nyfoundling.org/blog/changing-education-outcomes-foster-youth-look-2017/

Personal Leadership Vision: Scarlett

Jade Scar

Scarlett



Location:  Alabama
Number of Years in Foster Care: 6 Years 
Interests: Drawing and Poetry

Definition of Leadership: The ability to find self – confidence in yourself, not in trying to please everyone else. Learning to love yourself, as well as to know you deserve to be loved. Also being bold in making your own choices in life.

Goals: To start taking Bible Classes and Christian Counseling Classes

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

girl
I drew this picture because I was feeling broken inside. On the outside I shared a smile to make people and myself believe I was happy. But inside I felt broken and lost.

Bird

This drawing is symbolic of being trapped in a controlled relationship and finally being set free after taking action to get up and leave.

skull

Throughout my life I have felt empty inside so I draw flames and skulls a lot to express that feeling.

Rose

A beautiful rose(soul) being overtaken by thorns(of life).

heart hands
In a relationship I was in, he was in a different state and we video chatted each other and each of us had their hand as part of a heart so I drew them together.

wave

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS VERSION:  In a relationship I was in, he was in a different state and we video chatted each other and each of us had their hand as part of a heart so I drew them together.

Help Me
All of these emotions build up inside
making me feel like I want to die.
Though people are all around me,
I still feel alone
is it too much to ask for
I just want a home.
I try to make people think my life is going great
but everyone knows I’d like to escape.
Someone please find me and lead the way
I’ve been left all alone and I’ve gone astray.
So save your prayers don’t waste them on me
because I’m so cruel and so lonely.
In the darkness I feel at home;
the only thing to fear is being alone.