At age 18, foster youth are released from the system into the harsh reality of the world, on average, 65% end up homeless while less than 6% attend college. Inspire was founded in 2005 to provide support for these former foster youth as they attend college or vocational training full-time and work part-time. With the organization’s support the aged-out youth are provided with stable housing, personal mentoring, education and employment assistance, professional counseling, and life skill classes to build their confidence and prepare them to conquer life’s obstacles. With their newly gained independence and valuable skills, the youth are prepared to achieve their goals and ultimately help others.
You can help others too by becoming a mentor, or even coming to speak to a group of foster youth. What’s involved?
Do you want to make a direct impact on one of our former foster youth? You will have the opportunity to work directly with a youth on his/her goals in these areas:
Your challenge will be to encourage the youth to stay motivated to reach his/her goals. You will foster a safe outlet for communication as they transition into adulthood. Your commitment requires monthly face to face contact and weekly phone conversations to maintain connection and accountability.
Do you have a special skill or a passion that you would want to teach the youth? If so, please be a guest speaker for one of our Life Skills Training sessions. Examples are:
- health education
- resume writing
- interviewing skills
- computer skills
- time management
- interpersonal communication
- conflict resolution
Inspire is also holding its 7th Annual “Make a Difference” Dinner and Auction October 13, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Eagle Glen Golf Club. For more information visit them online at InspireLifeSkills.org