Children’s Home Society feels that empowering youth is one of the most important factors in their life and for their community. Youth empowerment is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then taking action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.
Meet Jose, a 20-year-old who spent time in foster care. Because Jose was in foster care after the age of 12, he is eligible to receive free in-state college tuition thanks to NC Reach and the LINKS program offered by DHSS.
One of our specialists, Nicole Chandler, explains that so many foster parents hesitate to invite an older child into their home because of potential costs. When they learn about these programs, it helps put them at ease.
Ever since Jose was able to visit the Culinary School at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), he has felt encouraged to pursue his dream in the very near future.
We are here to help youth and families navigate through services and resources to empower and strengthen them, which will lead to a better society, a better country, a better world.
We thank WXII 12 News for the original interview that led to the invitation to the Culinary School, as well as the follow-up story.