Leadership Profile: Brittany from Fulton County, Georgia

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Location: Fulton County, GA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 3 Years
Interests: My interests are reading, writing and motivating others. 

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is the ability to serve others with humility and passion.

Goals: My community service goal is to be the voice of suicide awareness. My professional goals are to become a well-known Speaker and Author. My books and speeches would focus on love and healing.

Read about Brittany’s Speech at Youth Thrive™ Learning Community Meeting in Clearwater, Florida

 

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/25/2018

**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. **

NATIONWIDE

Dani Townsend, David Hall and Nico’Lee Biddle introduced 6 points on preventing unnecessary removal from parents.


CALIFORNIA

Foster VC Kids
established a program called Businesses with Heart which provides discounts for foster youth and caregivers.   For example, Chipotle has hosted 3 job fairs.
Link: https://www.prurgent.com/2018-02-20/pressrelease439104.htm

The Ramos Family Endowed Scholarship Fund is available for those who are pursuing college or vocational training in San Bernardino County
Link: http://iecn.com/scholarship-fund-brings-hope-homeless-foster-students

GEORGIA

Team FLiP aims to improve the financial well being among foster youth. Since many foster youth are sheltered from financial decisions, rates of homelessness among youth aging out of the system can reach upwards of 65%. FLiP plans to create a corporate-sponsored case-competition, which would include the experience of research and growth of critical thought.

Link: http://grandchallenges.gatech.edu/content/flip

OREGON

Project Foster Kids USA is officially collecting once again for their Easter Basket Drive. Last year they had 298 Easter baskets donated to foster kids. Now, they have set their highest goal yet: 500 Baskets. This number will be split between not one, but THREE counties in Oregon. Each county will be collecting donations.  Click here to learn more.

WASHINGTON

SB 6274 – 2017 – 18 is a bill that is designed to make sure that apprenticeships are included in the Passport to College Promise Program
Link:
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/20/help-sought-for-homeless-youth-foster-children/
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6274&Year=2018

 

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

meetandgreet

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