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Reminder: Aging Out of the Foster Care System

Please help this single mother who is nearing emancipation:

“I have been in the foster care system for four and a half years now. I entered the system at fifteen and I will age out when I am twenty-one. My name is Olivia Alexander, I am currently nineteen so I have about a year and a half before I am out and completely on my own. I will have to provide for not only myself but my daughter as well. I am the main provider for us now but it is hard trying to provide what we need with the small stipend I get. It was a little easier when I was working but now that I am not it is difficult. I also attend college full time so trying to balance being a mother, a student, and trying to get a job can be a bit overwhelming. I am doing the best that I can to make sure  my daughter and I will be alright when I age out. I love my daughter more than anything in the whole galaxy! I just want to be the mother she desrves and provide her with a happy life. I don’t want to have to worry about where we will be laying our heads when I have to leave the system. That is why I started this campaign, to raise additional money that will go towards us moving. I know a year and a half seems far off but it comes sooner than thought sometimes and I want to be prepared for when it comes. My goal is to reach at least $3,000 but anything we get will be greatly appreciated!! A little help goes a long way, especially with my situation. Please give any help that you can even if it is only a dollar, it will be of so much help. I want to thank anyone in advance who will lend a helping hand..”

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Aging Out of the Foster Care System

Please help this single mother who is nearing emancipation:

“I have been in the foster care system for four and a half years now. I entered the system at fifteen and I will age out when I am twenty-one. My name is Olivia Alexander, I am currently nineteen so I have about a year and a half before I am out and completely on my own. I will have to provide for not only myself but my daughter as well. I am the main provider for us now but it is hard trying to provide what we need with the small stipend I get. It was a little easier when I was working but now that I am not it is difficult. I also attend college full time so trying to balance being a mother, a student, and trying to get a job can be a bit overwhelming. I am doing the best that I can to make sure  my daughter and I will be alright when I age out. I love my daughter more than anything in the whole galaxy! I just want to be the mother she desrves and provide her with a happy life. I don’t want to have to worry about where we will be laying our heads when I have to leave the system. That is why I started this campaign, to raise additional money that will go towards us moving. I know a year and a half seems far off but it comes sooner than thought sometimes and I want to be prepared for when it comes. My goal is to reach at least $3,000 but anything we get will be greatly appreciated!! A little help goes a long way, especially with my situation. Please give any help that you can even if it is only a dollar, it will be of so much help. I want to thank anyone in advance who will lend a helping hand..”

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Please Help This Mother Of Three

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Shonta Strange, a current Dc General Shelter resident is Excited about moving into her first apartment with her three little girls in 4 years. However, she is having rent problems and could really use some financial help.

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Click here to donate and to read her story.

Please Help This Mother Of Three

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Jasmine, Ciara, Najayda, and the mother

Shonta Strange, a current D.C. General Shelter resident is excited about moving into her first apartment with her 3 little girls in 4 years. However, she is having rent problems and could really use some financial help.

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Also featured on Photography page. Photo of her 3 girls, Najayda (top) Jasmine (middle) Clara (bottom)

Click here to donate and to read her story. 

Please Help This Mother Of Three

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Jasmine, Ciara, Najayda, and the mother

Shonta Strange, a current Dc General Shelter resident is Excited about moving into her first apartment with her three little girls in 4 years. However, she is having rent problems and could really use some financial help.

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Also featured on Photography page. Photo of her 3 girls, Najayda (top) Jasmine (middle) Clara (bottom)

Click here to donate and to read her story.

Breaking the Silence for Women and Girls of Color

There are programs for black young boys and men who need help. These programs are closing their doors on young women and girls of color. It has been said that women and girls of color just don’t need help. This notion comes from stereotypes that black girls and women don’t need anyone because we got everything together. We are perfect. WRONG! Women and girls of color need just about the same amount of help as boys and men need, if not more. We go through rape, abuse by family and partners, criminalize in classrooms, incarcerated, and so much more. On Monday April 20th, I attended hearing on girls of color, and this is what I had to say:

“In the same ways black men and boys need help, black women and girls need help as well. There were times that I felt alone. I felt that no one wanted to help me. I was placed in special education classes with other students that had all kinds of problems such as behavioral and mental problems. I wasn’t learning anything. These classes taught the same things that I had learned from previous years. I can recall a time that me and some of the other students got together and begged to learn new things. One of the things that we wanted to learn more than anything was Algebra. Our teacher would make promises to help us learn basic Algebra. For two years we sat in that special educational class, and did not one math problem. I felt dumb. I started to go to school only twice a week, and after my mother died I gave up completely on school. I was only 15 in the 10th grade.

I entered foster care soon after, and they forced me to go back to school. It was hard, but with tutoring and other resources provided by the foster care system, I was able to go back to school, graduate.  Now I am in my junior year at Trinity Washington University. Foster care wasn’t always great; in fact, I think that it needs major improvements. However they helped me get back in school, and for that I thank them. But why is it that I had to go through the foster care system in order to succeed in school? I’m still not good at it, but I was able to pass pre-algebra, algebra, finite algebra, and statistics with As and Bs in my first and second year of college. I find it sad that I was able to get a 100% on my first finite algebra test, but Fs in high school. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. I was even told that I wouldn’t graduate from high school, and if I did, going to college would be nothing but a dream that would never come true. And yet, through the grace of God, and help from the system, I have made it this far.

To explain the conditions of the DC public schools, I have written a poem called Resource Denied.

My teacher says our homework is on page 62
But we have no books to take home
So what am I to do?

Resource Denied

Our class work is on the computer and we are to have it done by one
But there’s only three computers per 25 students
How can I get work done?

Resource Denied

I’m having problems with math
There’s no tutors, and teachers aren’t available after 3:45
If I fail, I’m afraid other students will laugh

Resource Denied

Today I had a meeting with my mother, teachers, and principal.
The principal says, “You don’t turn in homework, you don’t complete class assignments, and you’re failing math. What do you have to say?

I looked at my mother, then at my teachers, then turned to my principal and simply replied:

“Resource Denied”