Foster Care Awareness Month Informational Panel
THRU Project will host an informational panel on Tuesday, May 16. This panel is comprised of THRU Project’s mentorship program participants. Volunteer mentors advise and guide their mentees as they approach 18 years of age at which point these youth are considered to have “aged out” of the foster care system. Mentors and mentees will answer questions from panel facilitator, Tramelle Jones. Ms. Jones’s background working for the Bexar County Family Service informs her approach to the conversation. This event is part of THRU Project’s efforts during May; Foster Care Awareness Month.
THRU Project’s mission to help youth with lived experience in the foster care system overcome the challenges of growing up in that system by providing guidance, support and advocacy in order to prepare them for life after foster care is the organization’s primary motivation for providing tomorrow’s informational panel. According to THRU Project CEO, Courtney Laverty, “Preparing to age out of foster care is a critical time of transition. Too many youth and young adults leave foster care without anyone to support or guide them. Youth are in foster care through no fault of their own, and it’s heartbreaking that half will become homeless within two years of aging out. In our experience, these youth are resilient, strong, and full of hope for a brighter future. They just need support, guidance, and encouragement to navigate these formative years.”
This panel and luncheon is made possible by THRU Project’s sponsors: