I am so grateful to be running this years Boston Marathon as a charity runner for Plummer Youth Promise. As a second generation born and raised Salemite, I feel extremely proud to be fundraising for an organization from my hometown.
I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the unconditional love and support that my family has given me. Sadly, many young people in the foster care system have not been given the same opportunities early on. The relationships and support they are given in foster care is crucial and will ultimately have an impact on their futures. Plummer Youth Promise works tirelessly to bring families together and give each young person the foundations needed to succeed and help them beat the odds.
To have the honor of representing Plummer Youth Promise on the streets of Boston is something I will never take for granted.
Plummer Youth Promise wrote:
Plummer serves young men and women who have been bouncing around the foster care system for years, or who are at risk of entering the system. We find them families, teach them skills and connect them with community.
Vision & Mission
Every young person has a family unconditionally committed to nurture, protect and guide them to successful adulthood.
Young people who leave the foster care or juvenile justice system without safe, stable & permanent family connections face grim outcomes, including high rates of homelessness, unemployment, early parenting and lack of education.
Plummer is changing that by deeply and effectively engaging families for each young person we serve while building their skills and community connections, and by sharing our knowledge with others.
Why we do it
Because annually, more than 23,000 youth who have been living in group care or foster care leave the child welfare system with no permanent family.
By age 24:
Almost 4 in 10 will experience homelessness
More than half will be unemployed
2/3 of the girls will become pregnant
How we do it
Our holistic Model of Care is focused on:
Finding kids permanent families
Preparing kids with skills, and
Connecting them with their communities
Where we do it
Group Home for 12 boys between 13 and 18 years old.
Supported Apartment for young men ages 16–22. On same premises as Group Home.
Community-based 1-bedroom apartments for young men or women who turned 18 while in group care or foster care.
Foster Care for girls and boys birth to age 22, though we prefer to work with older youth.
On Point Teen Resource Center for youth at risk of being removed from their families for having minor brushes with the law. Also serves neighborhood youth.
Learn more at: www.plummeryouthpromise.org