To celebrate a milestone, a “100 percent” campaign is being launched to ask 100 donors to support the Emergency Aid Fund to meet the vital needs of local host youth.
The local nonprofit Fostering Youth Independence (FYI) celebrates its 100th Youth Served by launching a “100 for 100” campaign asking 100 donors to help support its Youth Emergency Relief Fund of local reception.
“FYI’s foster youth are economically disadvantaged and cannot afford to overcome a financial emergency,” said Carolyn Olsen, Executive Director and Co-Founder of FYI. “Without any family support, an unforeseen need for car repairs or other unforeseen expenses can derail a student’s education plans. The transition out of Covid offers many opportunities to serve our young people more effectively, but it also brings challenges. She explained that as Covid relief programs come to an end, young people will face financial hardship that will affect their housing situation, schoolwork and daily life, needs that can only be met by the FYI emergency aid fund.
FYI’s emergency aid fund recently paid for a bed, refrigerators, school fees, books, laptops, car payments and insurance, rent assistance, emergency transportation, household items, bicycle repairs and food. Olsen added that not only are these needs expected to continue through the summer, but they could increase in late September when some of the young people lose their transitional housing.
“We are grateful that the transitional housing payments for youth in foster care have been extended until the end of September, allowing our youth to stay in their homes for now,” said Olsen, “but the youth over 21 will lose this benefit at that time, which adds additional pressure and concerns about where they will be living and how they will pay for it.
“That’s why we used this milestone of 100 Youth Supported to raise awareness of our needs and ask 100 people to donate to FYI’s Emergency Relief Fund, which is essential in helping young people go through hardships. difficult financial times, ”she added.
The milestone of the organization was reached this month, four years after the founding of FYI. Since that time, they have supported Santa Clarita’s transitional-age foster care youth (aged 16-25) with the necessary resources as they age out of the foster system and strive to complete their post-secondary education to prepare to become independent and successful adults.
Covid had exacerbated the challenges host youth already face. Many young people in FYI found themselves unemployed and most struggled to switch to online learning. FYI has supported these young people in many ways and, more importantly, has been a family for those who don’t. The volunteer allies and staff of FYI also provided emotional support to the young people who felt particularly lonely during this time.
“We know that, even as we get out of the Covid restrictions, many of our young people will continue to face challenges, and FYI exists to support and encourage them. We are always very grateful for the generosity of our community, and we thank everyone who can participate in our “100 percent” campaign, ”Olsen concluded.
Donations can be submitted by visiting www.fyifosteryouth.org or, alternatively, by contacting FYI at 661-360-1500.
About Promoting Youth Independence (FYI)
FYI is a Santa Clarita-based (501c3) non-profit organization that supports local foster youth who have left the LA County foster care system without being adopted or reunited with their birth parents. . FYI, the serious challenges these young people face, including not completing high school or pursuing higher education, homelessness and incarceration. FYI provides current and former foster youth, aged 16 to 25, a caring adult “ally” to provide them with the individual guidance and encouragement they need to complete their post-secondary education, as well as resources to help them complete their post-secondary education. help these young people overcome past traumas, complete their education, find a job and become independent and successful adults. FYI, 50 young people in foster care are currently in service, the majority of whom attend the College of the Canyons.
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