A high school teacher in Sacramento County in California reached out to Do 1 Thing today. They have so many foster kids in high school who are on the verge of aging out that they now have a teacher specifically focused on assisting them.
Below is the email:
Within the school district I work for we have 61 foster youth
seniors that will be aging out of the system within the next two months.
The biggest amount of help we could use right now are items for
emancipation baskets such as gift cards, basic household goods, etc.
Another thought I had was to try to take the group of them to a sit down
meal. I know a lot of the youth have not ever really been to a sit down
restaurant and have no idea about the proper etiquette when dining out.
One final area of real need is trying to find these youth job
opportunities. With the economy in such shambles it has become harder
and harder for youth to find jobs or chances to build some profession
As I read this over I realize that the email is all over the
place. I hope that this gives people at least a small idea of what we
could use right away. Let me know if I can do anything else and if you
have any suggestions for me. Thanks a bunch for everything.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We’d love for 61 people to send us gift cards for $50 each to either Walmart or Target. 1 for each of the teens.
We’d love for your group, church or company to put together 61 baskets filled with household items. 1 for each of the teens.
We’d love for a restaurant in Sacramento County to open up their doors to teens who have never eaten in a restaurant and give them the gift of being just like every other teen.
We’d love for you to reach out to us with job opportunities.
We’d love for you to collect toiletries, you know the ones you get when you’re traveling in a hotel and never end up using? They’re perfect for these transient teens.
We’d love for you to donate gently used clothing.
We’d love for you to Do 1 Thing of your choice to help. Many of you have teenagers. Imagine if they turned 18 tomorrow and they could no longer live with you? They haven’t been given the opportunity to learn job skills. They’ve struggled moving from school to school as they move from foster family to foster family and have few personal relationships to rely on.
We have a teacher. One man who is their lifeline to these kids and he’s asking for help.
Will you Do 1 Thing? WITHIN 1 YEAR OF AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE, 6-12 OF THEM WILL BECOME HOMELESS.
Email us if you’d like to help. firstname.lastname@example.org