There is a significant void in the care of foster youth when they turn 18 and “age out” of the foster care system. These youth are literally thrown out into a world with no family to fall back on, minimal financial resources, and limited education and job skills. Without guidance and financial support, the chances of these youth becoming successful and self-sufficient adults are low.
Studies confirm that former foster youth are at risk of poverty, homelessness, drug use, mental health problems, and criminal activity. The statistics show:
The Mary Graham Children’s Foundation is improving these odds by providing many bright, motivated young adults with an opportunity to further their academic and life skills, which will ultimately provide the financial and societal support they need to build success in their future. The Foundation’s Trade School + College Scholarship Program makes it possible for former foster youth to attend a college or trade school of their choice. The Foundation truly believes that all young adults deserve a chance to pursue their educational dreams.
The Trade School + College Scholarship Program is unique in that it pairs each scholarship recipient with a mentor to provide an invaluable service: intellectual, emotional, and day-to-day support that most of our youth would otherwise not have. The mentors help the students follow their academic plans and provide the motivational support they need to achieve their goals.
Our programs provide our students with an all-encompassing package that helps them achieve success. We are continually impressed by the positive outcomes of our program.
Partner with us and invest in the future of our local foster youth.
For more information on the scholarship program or to see if you qualify, please call Jennifer Held at (209) 403-5654