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Partner to Help Teens in Foster Care

When a child in foster care turns 18, they “age out”. Any resources that had been available to them previously for housing, food, and other basic care disappears. According to a comprehensive study last year, former foster kids are more likely to end up in jail, homeless or pregnant and less likely to have a job or go to college.

Several programs around the United States are working to give teens aging out of foster care the resources they need to make a fresh start. Connected by 25 in Florida and The Serpentine Project in California are two organizations working with foster youth after they age out. Partnered for Success is hoping to provide teens in foster care the resources they need before they age out.

Nicollette Lewis and Priya Nathan met at Arizona State University and recently won the ASU Innovation Challenge and $1,000 to build a pilot program for the fall. They are also one of the featured projects on StartSomeGood and looking to raise enough money to be able to established Partnered for Success as a nonprofit and help more teenagers in the fall.

Lewis is an orphan, who was raised by family members, and knows first-hand the struggles that those without parents face when they enter post-high school world of adulthood. Partnered for Success is working with Arizona Friends of Foster Children and Phoenix Youth at Risk to partner teens at risk with ASU students. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, the group will organize community service projects and also connect the youth to resources that will help them prepare for college or a career.

While working with EMQ FamiliesFirst in California, a nonprofit that helps children in crisis, I saw first hand how important mentors could be in the life of an at-risk teen. Oftentimes, especially for teens that might have several foster care homes in high school, mentors were the only stable adult in a teen’s life.

You can help Partnered for Success by donating to their project on StartSomeGood. They want to raise enough money by the end of May to successfully launch their pilot program in the fall.

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7:41AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:31AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

I'm Nikki, Co-founder and the Executive Director of Partnered for Success. I just want to say thank you for the support. As you can imagine, starting a nonprofit organization is quite a challenge, especially while being a full-time student and it is great to know that we are not alone in our fight. We have so many hopes and dreams for the youth we aim to help and it is people like you who make it possible.

Please feel free to contact me at nikki@partneredforsuccess.org with any ideas, comments, or questions.

Again, thank you for the kind words and support!

1:02PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Sounds like a great project. Thanks for the info.

10:37PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

thanks

4:37PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

A wonderful project.

6:06AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

it surprises me that 18 year old are just left to fend for themselves, foster care should provide some sort of program to help so thank goodness for something like this.

5:23PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

I think it is horrible to drop kick a teen from foster care at 18- thank goodness for this program and I hope it expands!

12:40AM PST on Mar 12, 2011

Shared on facebook. Just because legally one becomes an adult, doesn't mean that said person is ready to face the world head on alone. Most of us are lucky to have family, especially parents, aunts & uncles, siblings, etc... Many in foster care don't have that fall back, and college is hard enough w/o having a family to "come home to". It's not just the matter of supporting yourself through. When the dorms close for Christmas, many are left out to fend for themselves, while the rest get to have Christmas with Mom. This sounds like a great program.

9:26AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

What a compassionate program this seems. When I think of the struggles of being a teenager, even in a good home, my heart goes out to these kids who are multiply disadvantaged. No home, no family, no safety net...pretty grim in this country!

5:38PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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