On April 15th, I will be running my 9th consecutive Boston Marathon. As I have done for the previous 5 years, I will run in support of Plummer Youth Promise in Salem, MA and in celebration of and in gratitude for my family.
As the mother of 3 children, the need for family bonds that transcend everything and remain unsevered becomes more and more apparent to me as I witness the everyday challenges my two 17 year-olds and 11 year-old face. That, together, we have a stable and secure connection to help us navigate the complexities and challenges of life is something for which I am endlessly grateful. At risk kids, the kids whom Plummer serves, face much bigger challenges with much less support. It is unfathomable to me that children who enter the foster care system can go through their entire childhood without ever finding the stability and security of a family that will be with them forever.
Plummer Youth Promise is working to change this with services that heavily emphasize finding permanent families while teaching skills and connecting youth with community. The stories of these young people and Plummer’s work are incredibly moving.
Please join me in supporting Plummer Youth Promise. In doing so, you will be giving hope to children who want nothing more than to have families of their own they can count on forever.
Plummer serves young men and women who have been bouncing around the foster care system for years, or who are at risk of entering the system. We find them families, teach them skills and connect them with community.
Vision & Mission
Every young person has a family unconditionally committed to nurture, protect and guide them to successful adulthood.
Young people who leave the foster care or juvenile justice system without safe, stable & permanent family connections face grim outcomes, including high rates of homelessness, unemployment, early parenting and lack of education.
Plummer is changing that by deeply and effectively engaging families for each young person we serve while building their skills and community connections, and by sharing our knowledge with others.
Why we do it
Because annually, more than 23,000 youth who have been living in group care or foster care leave the child welfare system with no permanent family.
By age 24:
Almost 4 in 10 will experience homelessness
More than half will be unemployed
2/3 of the girls will become pregnant
How we do it
Our holistic Model of Care is focused on:
Finding kids permanent families
Preparing kids with skills, and
Connecting them with their communities
Where we do it
Group Home for 12 boys between 13 and 18 years old.
Supported Apartment for young men ages 16–22. On same premises as Group Home.
Community-based 1-bedroom apartments for young men or women who turned 18 while in group care or foster care.
Foster Care for girls and boys birth to age 22, though we prefer to work with older youth.
On Point Teen Resource Center for youth at risk of being removed from their families for having minor brushes with the law. Also serves neighborhood youth.
Learn more at: www.plummeryouthpromise.org