Young people in this age group are either on the brink of aging out of foster care, or recently have done so, and they’re profoundly aware of the odds against them as they prepare for life on their own.
We continue to maintain the 2:1 camper-to-staff ratio from T.R.A.C. and all the fun activities, but also integrate classes to help older teens prepare for independent living. Our hope is to better equip each individual to claim the life they deserve and are willing to pursue.
A team of volunteers help with minor alterations so that the participants can use their newly chosen outfits for job and college interviews and special dances at their schools.
Such was the case with one particular camp participant, who began the week tired of school and with no plans of attending college. After the campus tour, he began to reconsider his goals, and wrote down his dream to attend Sam Houston State University. He has gone on to join our mentoring program and is interested in environmental studies.
On the last night of camp, everyone arrives at a venue decorated for hosting gatherings like wedding receptions and parties, complete with chandeliers. Tables are elegantly set, music plays, and each teen is invited to have the time of their life as they prepare to close one important chapter and begin another.
We encourage them to stay on track despite all the distractions that can take them off course like drugs, gangs, crime, and
teen pregnancy. We encourage them to focus on their goals because God has a better plan for their lives.
Our goal is for every young person aging out of foster care to either attend college, trade school, or join the military, or be able to
transition into a sustainable job. The result is promising: in a recent camp, 11 teens aged out of foster care in our program; seven
of them (well over 60%) are currently enrolled in a local college!
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