BENEFITING: TEAM RESURRECTION INC
Hello my name is Malika McCall and I have been in the Foster Care system from the ages of 3-18. Aging out left me on my own without money, schooling, connections and other basic needs. I was so confused, angry and most of all hurt.
Since 1999, more than 230,000 young people have transitioned from foster care without permanent family connections. Each year, 26,000 transition without the typical growing-up experiences that teach self-sufficiency skills, and without the family supports and community networks that help them make successful transitions to adulthood. These young people experience very poor outcomes at a much higher rate than the general population:
More than one in five will become homeless after age 18.
Only 58 percent will graduate high school by age 19 (compared to 87 percent of all 19 year olds).
71 percent of young women are pregnant by 21, facing higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction, public assistance, and involvement in the child welfare system.
At the age of 24, only half are employed 4
Fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28 percent of all 25 year olds 5
One in four will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving the foster care system.
I started a non-profit called Team Resurrection Inc., which is a Community Outreach Program geared toward helping disadvantaged youth move out of the foster care system and into a healthy environment that supports thier transition into adulthood. The Team Resurrection Transitional Home will teach valuable life skills including; securing employment, finding housing, opening a bank account, saving money, etc. Counseling will be made available to help cope with any feelings of pain and abandonment.
It was extremely hard for me not having the basic skills when it was anounced that I was on my own. I experienced homelessness and many hardships, that I would not wish on anyone, especially a vulnerable, scared, young adult. I struggled so long and worked really hard to become a productive citizen. But I remember many times how I wanted to give up on life.
Today, my goal is to help others who are where I was. I want to pass on some of the techniques and skills that helped me find my way. Please help me start a Transitional Home for young individuals who are alone, scared and displaced. I'm asking for your support ...will you please help? Am I my brothers keeper? YES I AM !!