On April 5th I am running in the Hollywood Half Marathon/ 10k/ 5k to raise awareness and funds for foster youth. I recently started to work for the organization United Friends of the Children (UFC), and I could not be happier that my job is helping to make the lives of foster youth in Los Angeles better. Please help me make a difference by supporting my cause!!!
Here is a little more information about Foster Youth and UFC:
Foster youth are one of the most underserved populations, many experience unbelievable neglect and abuse, and the negative statistics associated with them tell a story of a societal failure. Half of foster youth do not graduate high school and less than 1% graduate college with a degree. When they turn 18, they are left on their own, and many experience homelessness and turn to crime. Roughly 70% of inmates in California state prisons are former foster youth.
UFC offers an alternative. Through their Housing and Education Programs, foster youth are provided with the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, get a job, find housing and have a support system that moves them gradually towards independence. Their goal is that the youth in their programs not only survive, but that they thrive. And they are!
- 100% of UFC College Readiness Students in our program 4+ years graduate from high school (compare to 50% of foster youth nationwide)
- 70% of UFC College Sponsorship students graduate from college (compare to 13% of foster youth nationwide attend college and less than 1% graduate)
- 83% of UFC active Pathways Housing Program Alumni are in stable housing (compare to 36% of foster youth are homeless within 18 months of leaving care)
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