ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) is once again lining up volunteers to help students that have aged out of foster care. These youth who are going on to post-secondary education now have decreased support as they are no longer with a foster family. ILYA volunteers give them the boost that can help them get through the transition into more rigorous studies and a more independent (and potentially a lonely/overwhelming) stage of life.
Sometimes just knowing someone is thinking of them and cares how they are doing is enough to overcome exam jitters and boost their confidence. It can be as simple as snacks (they particularly love homemade cookies!) or personal items like a nice soap or body lotion. It could be a gift card to a local casual dining spot or Target where they can get themselves something from multiple departments. Perhaps they could use items related to their area of study (like music, nursing or cosmetology).
If you can provide that show of caring to a student just 4 times during the school year and on their birthday, please contact project leader Cathy Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-680-6868.
As always, ILYA thanks you for your ongoing support. YOU make this program successful!