Hello, my name is Drew and I will be running my very first marathon April 15th. While I am excited the Boston Marathon will check off many firsts for me, I am honored to run in support of Plummer Youth Promise in Salem, MA and in celebration of my family.
The Plummer Youth Promise is a great cause built on giving young men and women a sense of belonging outside of foster care. All while educating these young adults on how to become more independent as they enter the “real world” outside of foster care.
As many know the real world can be a difficult adjustment to young adults without caring guidance. I am fortunate to have grown up in a family who continues to provide the guidance and support in to my adulthood while continuing to play a major role in the life I have today. Through the guidance and support my family has provided I have received a Master’s Degree in Nutrition, started a family and now have two beautiful children, and became a business owner. If it were not for those close to me, I may not have pursued a Master’s Degree and am confident I would not have opened my own business. My family has helped me overcome many of life’s challenges and obstacles. I share this to demonstrate the positive influence community and family have on providing guidance, direction and motivation to individuals entering adulthood.
Now 34 I reflect back to my teenage years and fully understand I would not have the necessary discipline and work ethic needed if not for the guidance and support of my family. The Plummer Youth Promise passionately works to find permanent families while teaching the many skills needed to become independent while connecting our youth with community. The stories of these determined young people are life changing and one I ask we all support.
Please join me in supporting the Plummer Youth Promise and giving these individuals hope and a chance to have a family of their own. Thank you!
Plummer Youth Promise wrote:
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