Help Save Our Children - Kenny's Place
Organized by: Frankita Jenkins
Kenny’s Place is a nonprofit startup, seeking to become a safe haven, for some of the most vulnerable children in America. Once removed from in-home care, children become ward of state. No matter how you label it: Ward of state, children of the state, children of the people, our children, are no doubt the most vulnerable children in America. Sadly, on their 18th birthday, life throws another curve ball, and they are left without support, a family, and most of all stability. Many are unable to empathize, with the long term affects the foster system may have. However, the 8 years I spent in Florida’s Foster system, has influenced my focus, and my desire is to become an agent of change on a different side of the system. A majority of the children growing up in foster care, are deprived of many of the simple joys of adolescence. Subsequently, at eighteen, a vast majority are not mentally prepared to handle the obstacles and challenges of everyday life. Males, are at a greater risk of being involved with gangs. The females, are at a greater risk of domestic violence, and engaging in unhealthy relationships. Studies have shown about 45% of children leaving care, will become homeless within one year. National data shows, that 43 percent of women and 74 percent of men, who are emancipated from foster care, have been incarcerated at least once in their lives. In addition during a national study of prison inmates, more than 38% report having a history with the foster system. Kenny’s Place will be, the tender transitional hand, our children can turn to during times of crises. In addition to transitional housing, Kenny’s place offers a vast amount of services, such as job placement, on site therapy, career and financial planning, and strategic mentoring services. It is our goal that, once exiting Kenny’s Place, clients are completely self-sufficient. Funds will be used to officially form our organization and file for 501(c)3 tax exempt status. The remaining funds will be used to furnish and get the doors of Kenny’s Place open as soon as possible.