Leadership Profile: Twanee from Halifax County, Virginia

 Twanee Sabb

Location: Halifax County, VA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 7 Years
Interests: Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice, Systems-Change, and Community Building

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is when you guide someone on a path to their dreams and goals.

Goals: My leadership goals are to work on my organization for those aging-out of care and to become an Early Childhood Education Teacher. 



Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 3/18/2018

**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. **


Foster Leaders is partnering with Foster Care Film to screen their new short film, “For a Better Life.”  This screening will be available on our website at no charge for the first 15 people to sign up for the screening and to agree to participate in a panel discussion the night of the screening.  Please click here for more details.

Good Luck to Sharane Calister on The Voice


Good Luck to Marcio Donaldson on American Idol



Devin From Campbell County, VA
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Devin Hubert

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Alexei Ruiz discusses the issues facing foster youth as they seek one of life’s most basic needs, human connection.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-alexei-ruiz/youtube_17447897-415c-5995-bfc8-8754b97c3374.html

Donald Jayne discusses his experience being prescribed several medications and being proud of where you came from, even when life has been difficult.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-donald-jayne/youtube_91f05f99-9147-5c02-832d-6110da0d2ca9.html



FosterClub Transition Toolkit
Link: http://store.fosterclub.com/transition-toolkit-download/

6 Helpful Studies on Helping Foster Youth Navigate their Transitions from Foster Care
Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/archive/media/press/2016/national-youth-in-transition-data


The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced it will award up to $35,000 in scholarships this year for college-bound high school seniors and current or former foster students in San Diego or Riverside counties.
Link: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation-announces-2018-scholarship-applications-high-school-seniors-and-foster


To apply or learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to http://www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. Questions should be directed to Treasury’s Student Scholarships and Grants area at mistudentaid@michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687).
Link: http://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2018/03/scholarship-available-for-foster-children/


Teens in Foster Care will Soon be able to Request Reunification with Birth Parents
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/foster-care-teens-can-soon-ask-to-reunite-with-birth-parents/2018/03/13/4dda7e38-270b-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9

Leadership Profile: Devin from Campbell County, Virginia

Devin Hubert

Location: Campbell County, VA
Number of Years in Foster Care: 7 Years
Interests: I love football and coach it at a local high school.  I love volunteering and love socializing with people.

Definition of Leadership: A leader can be multiple things. My personal definition is someone who will step out and say what they feel or say there ideas. Someone who is an encourager and cares about anyone and everyone involved.

Goals: I want a career where I am helping others or encouraging others. When I’m around people I’m the happiest person alive. I also love animals just as much as humans.


Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/3/2018

**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. **


Dissertation – Aging Out of Foster Care: The Experiences of Former Foster Youth Who Successfully Navigated this Transition by Margot Hedenstrom.  Themes of this dissertation were: “1) ‘Facing a transition’ which had three sub themes of ‘abrupt transition,’ ‘smooth but uneven transition,’ and ‘smooth transition;’ 2) ‘Depending on adults for help’ which had two sub themes of ‘receiving support’ and ‘asking for support;’ 3) ‘Making a difference for others; and 4) ‘Moving forward with my life.”
Link: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1040&context=nursing_diss

An update on research relating to the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
Link: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/planning-next-generation-evaluation-agenda-john-h-chafee-foster-care-independence-program/view/full_report

The Chronicle of Social Change posted an article that highlights a white paper distributed by the Urban Alliance, outlining recommendations on connecting high school students to employment opportunities.  Some of the notes that the “Chronicle” mentions a couple of points that drive our work.  One of those points is that even though high school graduation and college achievement are very important, ““that narrow focus on high school graduation and college enrollment as markers of success discounts other valid, longer-term connections.”  Another point is that employers are suffering the consequences of not engaging with the incoming workforce in their high school years where many are being shaped the most.


Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the National Homebuyers Fund (NHF) are sponsoring the “1 Laptop Program for Foster Youth,” which is an iFoster initiative that will provide over 1,000 local foster youth between the ages of 16 and 21 with laptops.

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Learn more about Heart 2 Heart at www.heart2heartsolanocounty.com.

EAH Housing will turn properties that have been vacant for years into apartments in Morgan Hill.  Six of the apartments will be reserved for those who are aging out of care.
Link: http://www.morganhilltimes.com/news/scattered-apartment-project-offers-affordable-units/article_8e1ce22c-0773-11e8-b798-ebe2ed14bf7a.html

The Guitars for Vets and Foster Youth Project is a project in Bakersfield that provides a music appreciation class at no charge.  This class will begin at the end of February and will be completed in June.  Those who graduate from the program will receive free guitars.
Link: https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/vets-foster-youth-come-together-to-play-guitar

Financial services firm, QuickBridge, partnered with local nonprofits to facilitate a 3-day internship program for 3 CSUF Guardian Scholar students.  The students were awarded with $1,000 scholarships and received mentoring in credit, sales, and accounting.  They also participated in resume building workshops, networking sessions, and mock interviews.
Link: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180201005908/en/QuickBridge-Collaboration-OC-United-Sponsors-Three-Day-Internship


Essay from former foster youth, Anthony Simpson, on educational challenges facing foster youth in Philadelphia.
Link: https://whyy.org/articles/navigating-public-education-foster-youth-bumpy-road/


Susie Black Holamon, who is a former foster youth from Dallas, has served as an advocate for foster youth in around 19 counties.  She is working on establishing a girls ranch for girls, ages 12-17, from the Texas foster care system.
Link: http://www.kxii.com/content/news/First-ranch-style-foster-care–471839723.html


Shante Dundee is a 21 year old former foster youth from Virginia.  She works at Virginia Kids Belong, which is dedicated to those transitioning out of foster care like herself.
Link: http://wtvr.com/2018/01/31/watch-richmond-moms-epic-surprise/


AB777 is a state bill that would waive tuition and other fees to foster youth who attend schools in the University of Wisconsin system and state technical schools.


Foster Leaders is dedicated to promoting the leadership potential of the foster youth community.  Instead of providing direct services or managing programs, Foster Leaders focuses 100% of its time networking with those navigating life after foster care and those who are in the position to guide them through this transition.  We compile useful information learned from our networking efforts into weekly updates.  The updates are centered around 3 core concepts, which we have found to be key factors in foster youth successfully transitioning out of foster care.  CONNECTION through updates that promote the growth of a positive support network around those transitioning out of care, LEARNING through updates that promote hands-on training opportunities, and LEADERSHIP through updates that showcase the leadership efforts of the foster youth community.

As weekly updates are posted, we archive them by state and present them in a categorized format.  Please look for the list of states on this page, and choose the state for which you would like to browse archived information.  More states will be coming soon!