November 5, 2012
A passion for foster youth and deep personal connections came together seven years ago to make Friends of SF ILSP a reality. It was my privilege to serve as founding board president. Our goal was to increase opportunities for former foster youth to succeed in school, to find work and to live in safe, stable housing by helping fill the gaps in funding available to them. What means the most to me are the many inspiring young people we supported who did not give up on themselves and stayed true to their dreams in spite of the obstacles - youth with no family, young mothers and fathers, those taking care of grandparents and aunts, youth working hard to become artists, lawyers, writers, car mechanics, accountants, fashion designers, psychologists, musicians, social workers, computer experts, and hairdressers. Often all a youth needed was someone to pay their security deposit to enable them to rent an apartment, to buy a plane ticket to get them to the college in the East where they had earned a full scholarship, to help with tuition, buy books, or even pay a dentist bill. Through the hard work of a small, all volunteer staff, our organization has been able to provide nearly 200 youth with this type of support. More than 30 youth have gone on national college tours and been inspired to continue their education. Numerous youth have attended board sponsored graduation and holiday celebrations. I am fully committed to this organization and, most importantly, our members are fully committed to these amazing youth - doing everything they can to provide that extra support to those who just need a little boost in order to succeed.
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