Joshua came to Fostering Youth Independence, a local nonprofit aimed at equipping foster youth to become successful, independent adults, at the beginning of October.
His chosen career path turned out to be a dead end when it triggered PTSD from his childhood trauma.
Unsure of what to do next, he returned to the home of his former foster parents, who directed him to FYI.
At his intake appointment, FYI staff helped him apply to College of the Canyons, submit financial aid applications and register for late-start fall classes.
He was assigned a volunteer and encouraged to attend The Study Place for distance learning support.
After FYI informed him about the housing options available to transition-age foster youth, Joshua decided to apply for the transitional housing program located in Santa Clarita.
FYI contacted his social worker at the Department of Children and Family Services and helped get the application process started.
In the two months that followed, Joshua began classes at COC, found a part-time job and was accepted into the transitional housing program.
He has been meeting regularly with his social worker for encouragement and support.
Last week, he moved into his new home and is now on a new path and is hopeful about the future.
FYI is asking the Santa Clarita Valley community to consider a year-end gift to support former foster youth like Joshua. The dollar-for-dollar match is expected to continue until FYI reaches $20,000 or Dec. 31, whichever comes first.
Together, with funds from FYI’s matching donor team, they’ve raised $17,952 so far.
Those interested in supporting FYI can visit fyifosteryouth.org/donations.
Editor’s Note: The child’s name was changed to protect their privacy.