Adulting 101 Camp offered to Teens in Foster Care
Snow-Redfern Foundation Sponsors “Adulting 101” for teens in Foster Care
KEARNEY, Neb— Eight teenagers, ages 14-18, in foster care had the opportunity to participate in an Adulting 101 Camp put on by Compass and sponsored by a $3000 grant from the Snow-Redfern Foundation. During the camp teens learned how to change a tire, cook a meal, budget, fill out an application and interview for a job.
This was the first year the camp was provided by Compass, however there was a significant demand for it by caseworkers and foster parents. Outcomes for youth in foster care are often bleak. As they linger in foster care or move to multiple placements, their academic success decreases significantly. Youth aging out of foster care are more likely to experience homelessness, poverty, unplanned pregnancies, unemployment or incarceration. Many of their parents were in foster care themselves. This camp offered education with the potential to change the trajectory of their lives.
Each day for one week, the teens participated in class lessons and fun activities. Professionals from the community volunteered to teach on different subjects. Jordan McCoy from Midwest Encouragement and Counseling Center spoke on mental health. Cesar Cruz taught the teens how to change a tire and do general car care. Army National Guard recruiters, Jerromy Cissel and Josh Arrends, came to speak with them about serving in the army. Angela Smith from Kearney Works shared tips about gaining employment. Kari McMullen from Exchange Bank shared tips on getting a car loan, opening an account and budgeting.
The youth set career goals for short and long term. They also learned how to lay out a plan for their success and then follow through with it. They went shopping for an interview outfit, gift certificates for participation in the activities and certificates of completion of the course. By the end of the week the youth gained confidence and felt empowered about their future.
Compass exists to help children and families navigate life by guiding, building and restoring families. If you are interested in learning more about Compass contact Savannah Lyon, Director of Engagement and Promotions at Savannah@COMPASSnebraska.org or 308-237-4085.