Meet Shane. He’s currently studying geriatrics at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, fulfilling one of his life’s dreams.
Shane is also one of the 65–70 Triangle area young people who “age out” of the foster care system each year. “As a foster child I had a dream, but I didn’t know how to get to my dream,” he says.
Few of us are truly self-sufficient at age 18, and these youth face an especially unique set of adversities. Research shows that young people in foster care are far more likely than their peers to endure homelessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment, and incarceration. With roughly 1,600 youth in the foster care system at any given time in Durham, Wake, Orange, and Johnston counties, this is especially troubling news.
Today, Shane is on his way to achieving his dream of working in geriatrics with help from Fostering Youth Opportunities, a new multi-agency partnership mobilized by the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
FYO provides a network of care for aged-out foster youth in the Triangle, including tuition assistance, housing support, job and life skills training, and mental health support.
Through the United Way of the Greater Triangle, you can invest in 24 collaboratives who are working toward long-term outcomes to help families and children within the four counties we serve—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake.
The United Way of the Greater Triangle is one of the giving options for donors to Doing Good in the Neighborhood. Learn more about the UWGT.
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