Did you know that only 58% of foster care youth graduate from high school by the age of 19 and less than 3% get a college degree? Unfortunately, it's true. Due to consistent disruption in their lives, many foster care youth lack motivation in school and only focus on the present and not their future, especially in regards to careers. By the age of 26, only 46% will be employed and will have the average earnings of $13,989 per year. More than one in five will become homeless after 18 and the incarceration rate for these youth by the age of 26 is really high - 64% for men and 33% for women. This is why it’s crucial to offer a program that will inspire these youth to think about their future, develop their self worth, and help them realize that they can have a successful life after foster care.
The Regratifying Foundation's NOW (Navigate, Opportunity, Worth) program is designed to encourage foster care youth to continue their education, learn about and consider professional careers and set future personal and career goals before they age out or emancipate from foster care. Participants will learn about various professions, as well as how to improve social and communication skills, problem solving, and self-confidence. To encourage participation, the program will be actively engaging and provide personal incentives to each participant.
For more information, be sure to visit the Regratifying Foundation website!
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Fostering Success Michigan is a program of The New Foster Care that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline."Make a Donation