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Learning About Supporting Students After Foster Care

For many years ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) has shown support for students continuing their education after aging out of foster care. When volunteers send student “care packages” it not only provides needed or desired items but even more importantly, communicates caring and support. This bit of encouragement may be the only thing that helps these young people achieve something unique in their life experience… creating a positive path to a successful future.

In recent years ILYA has revised its procedures to increase the communication between the students and their volunteer package provider. Using technology has let students know packages are coming and confirmed receipt for volunteers. It has also increased the connection between the two for those wanting to develop a beginning relationship.

To further our effectiveness and increase the knowledge and satisfaction our volunteers have, Sue Wilson (project leader) has arranged to have the Independent Living Coordinators) who work with these youth to come and talk with the volunteers. Anyone who has an interest in volunteering for the next school year is welcome to attend this get-together on Monday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. in Room 30 at the church. We look forward to a very informative and inspiring session and thank all the current volunteers for their caring and support.

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