Fostering wellness in Wake, Durham and Orange counties
There are approximately 1,400 young people in foster care in Wake, Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina, many of whom lack the kind of support networks other young people rely on to make a successful transition to adulthood. What are we doing to help?
These resilient young people have big dreams and so much to offer to make the Triangle Region an even more healthy and vibrant community.
That’s why we are proud to support Fostering Wellness, a collective of six nonprofit organizations, led by Inter-faith Food Shuttle, working together to help these young adults improve their own leadership and employment skills, develop stronger support networks, live healthier lives and become advocates for a healthier community.
We got to meet seven of these talented youth leaders to learn about the goals that we know that they can achieve with the support of one another and our Fostering Wellness Partners:
- When we met, Syvion was in the third week of a new restaurant service job that was a great fit because he “loves meeting new people!”
- We made healthy smoothies with Ty, who hopes to one day travel the world – preferably by boat!
- Trae doesn’t just like to toss the football around, he is also a great singer – only karaoke so far (Proud Mary is his go-to song), but maybe on a bigger stage one day!
- Sisters Shavez and Nikkita talked about their dreams to be nurses, and how they like to read at least three books to Shavez’s young son every night.
- Andrew showed us his brand new apartment, which is close enough to school that he can commute by bike.
- Aquira has discovered that walking is great exercise and is hoping to start school to work towards a degree in early childhood education.
We can’t wait to see this group of young people, and hundreds more, achieve their dreams and we are happy to be a small part of it.