I am an active board member of FosterClub and I am asking my friends and family to donate to support 100 Outstanding Young Leaders (OYL) -- unique to this organization, really, there is nothing like it! These youth were nominated and now it is time to award them and spread their stories of resilience! LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER...
I PLEDGE TO MATCH YOUR DOLLARS up to $1000!
As you may know, my sister is a foster parent. Her boys came to her family when they were 11 and 13. They came without a toothbrush, without a phone number to call for help, without knowing what the future held. She navigated the foster care system on their behalf and began the non-profit FosterClub, a national network for foster kids, a place where kids mentor kids, self advocate, and gain information and resources they need as they move into adulthood. She had those brothers until they aged out of foster care and they are both still a part of her family. Since then, her family has grown with many more kids coming through her home.
FosterClub works with hundreds of youth every year to create a team of young leaders that can speak on behalf of youth coming through the foster care system -- who better to ask how the system is working and what it needs? Through trainings, published writings, public speaking, youth engagement, personal growth, and national exposure the young leaders have changed policy and often changed life in foster care for thousands of kids.
Meet the OYL's from last year at www.fosterclub.com/article/2012-outstanding-young-leaders
• Tiffany from Oregon was awarded a 2012 OYL because she strives to "get involved on the political side of the system to ensure decisions are being made with the well-being of foster youth in mind".
• Samantha spent 19 years in Pennsylvania's foster care system. She is a 2012 OYL becasue she is a member of Juvenile Law Center's Speakers Bureau and uses her voice to inspire foster youth, professionals, and policy makers.
• Michael spent 7 and 1/2 years in Missouri's foster care and was awarded a 2012 OYL for putting his education first — he is an MBA student.
Please help me reach my goal! And don't forget matching gifts from your employers. To learn more about FosterClub, www.fosterclub.com