FOSTER YOUTH NEED SUPPORT
Did you know?
-After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
-Only 1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
-There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.
-7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21.
-25% of children who age out of the foster care system still suffer from the direct effects of
(Statistics from National Foster Youth Institute.)
What can YOU do to help this crisis? What if YOU can make a difference?
You can make a difference by becoming a Life Coach to a youth in foster care through OCA’s Life Coaching Ministry. As a life coach you can change a life by building a relationship with a youth or young adult aging out of foster care. Many of these young adults have no one to support them during this transitional time in their lives. They are left to make big decisions alone.
HERE IS THE IMPACT YOU CAN MAKE
Studies show that youth with mentors who spend just one hour a week with them have increased likelihood of going to college, better attitudes toward school, increased social and emotional development and improved self esteem.
A steady, meaningful relationship can change the trajectory of a young adult’s life. Currently we have 30 life coaches connecting with young adults. Our life coaches have helped adolescents get their driver’s license, have helped them connect to a community at church, and have helped them establish a work ethic. Others have gone to parks to walk dogs, had Thanksgiving dinner, or gone shopping. These youth just need someone to be a trusted friend. We have even seen relationships blossom where a young adult, who had no one, becomes a treasured part of a family. It is wonderful what God can do when we put aside our doubts and take the time to commit and invest in someone else.
OCA’s Life Coaching Ministry currently has a waitlist of youth who desperately want a life coach. We need volunteers willing to give just one hour a week to build a relationship and impact someone for a lifetime!
If you are ready to find out more about how you can become a Life Coach through OCA’s Life Coaching Ministry, contact Jonathan Butler at email@example.com or Lindsay Veitz at Lindsay.Veitz@orphancarealliance.org. Check our calendar here for upcoming training dates!