There are currently over 437,500 children in the foster care system in the United States today.
Every year, about 20,000 of those kids turn 18, and emancipate out - they are left on their own, often with no direction.
By age 17, about 50% of foster care youth have experienced an arrest, conviction or overnight in a correctional facility, and less than 50% graduate high school by 18.
Less than 10% of foster children graduate college.
These are the current statistics, and I'm up to taking action to change them. I plan to do it through a community project that connects amazing people with foster youth and young adults in need of guidance. The opportunity is to inspire, support, empower and guide these wonderful children and young adults to create happy lives they love and positively impact the surrounding communities.
Let's take action in standing for them to stay in school, continue education, and become the next generation of unstopable human beings who will make this world a better place.
Let's be part of giving them a better, clearer outlook on life. An outlook that disregards the current statistical projection of how they are likely to end up - in juvenile detention, jail, or worse, but instead one of "you can do anything you put your mind to, all you have to do is start, and keep going."
This is meant to be a project for the communities, starting in the Westchester/ NYC area to take on in creating change for these kids who need it the most.
Want to get involved more directly? You can apply to volunteer for The Children's Village here! https://childrensvillage.org/take-action/volunteer/
I hope for this project to radiate out and become much larger than a few communities in New York. Why isn't it just something that is automatically provided for kids in need? I am standing for programs like this to be automatic for all kids in need across the country, and WE can make the change, by starting right here.