Joshua and I entered the foster care system when we were 8 and 9 years old. Born into a family that was broken and submerged in poverty, life was a constant struggle, especially in the foster care system. As we continued our journey through multiple foster homes, we were adopted in 2003. With hopes for a fairy tale ending we received the polar opposite. Joshua was thrown back into the system by our adoptive parents as was placed in Juvenile, where he spent a majority of his adolescence and young adulthood. Institutionalized and broken, Joshua had very few places to seek refuge. Joshua struggled with trust, mental health issues, and traumatic life experiences, Joshua struggled to navigate successfully back into society. In August of 2014, after a domestic violence dispute with his partner, Joshua shot himself and later died in the hospital. As his older brother and as the only person who can carry on his legacy, I created this Non-Profit organization in honor of Joshua, my little brother who was lost and let down by the system. The focus of the organization is to prevent anything else like this from occurring to other youth who have spent time in the foster care system.
To support resiliency within youth transitioning out of foster care by breaking down barriers that prevent successful transitions as independent adults.
Built on Theory and evidenced Based practice, our programming includes
- Financial Literacy
- Life Skills and Social Skills
- Building Social Capital
- Expanding transitonal skills through job readiness and education
- Building Resilience
- Self efficacy
- Service Learning