Mission: We believe young adults transitioning from foster care in San Francisco deserve to have the financial and emotional resources they need to build stability and success in their lives. Friends of SF ILSP fills gaps in the resources available to these young adults by providing grants and other opportunities in a manner that acknowledges their potential and their dignity.
Results: Since our inception in 2005, and with the help of any donors, Friends was able to support more than 170 recipients with over $190,000. In the future, we hope to expand our reach to provide further support these youth.
Target demographics: Youth emancipating from foster care.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies depending on donations received and types of grants or scholarships given out. Also, how many emergency needs arise throughout the year (e.g. money to help with rent, basic school supplies/books, and travel to/from college)
Professional with expertise in this field
I have worked for more than 15 years with families and children involved in the foster care system. Children who leave foster care, as they "age out" of the system need all of the same things that any other youth need: practical, financial and emotional support. However, they are often without families on whom they can depend for these basic needs. This is where ILSP steps in to try to fill in all of those missing parts, as much as possible. ILSP's work is absolutely necessary for foster youth to move ahead successfully into productive adulthood.