This past summer a group of talented and motivated youth descended on Seaside, Oregon for a cram course in leadership and other important life skills. All of these kids had aged out of the Foster Care system in different states across the nation.Their summer, in large part, would consist of learning to advocate for those still in the system. The mission of Foster Club is
To lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.
These kids will go back to their respective states as representatives of the Foster Care system in hopes of improving it for all. As part of the work they did, the All-Star group traveled to MetroEast for a crash course in learning to work with the media. Director of Community Relations, Monica Weitzel, and Director of Volunteer Services & Strategic Marketing, Taaj Middleton, gave advice, tips and suggestions on how to make the best use of media to further their cause. The day ended with two of the youth being interviewed on MetroEast's Community Hotline program. Here was some of the feedback from those in attendance about MetroEast as a community resource:
“It’s rare to see media showcase smaller groups/non-profits. I believe that people want to give back and find an organization that encapsulates their purpose. They just don’t know where to start. I didn’t realize that this resource was available to the community!”
With kids like these active in their communities, we know the future for foster kids will be brighter indeed.