I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down. - Abraham Lincoln
Each year as many as 400 youth "age out" of the foster care system in San Diego County at the age of eighteen.
While many qualify for financial aid for education, this still leaves books, food, rent and transportation. This is where FOS comes in. Since 2002, over $700,000 has been raised for scholarships. Thirty-six FOS students have graduated with Bachelors degrees and three with Masters degrees.
What makes FOS most unique, however, are the individual relationships our mentors develop with students. Mentors provide an ear to listen, help students discover the hope and strengths inside themselves, provide guidance and encouragement as needed, and witness student milestones and achievements.
Here's why mentoring is so important: In the foster care system, students haven't had control over even minor aspects of their lives, or been taught the skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood. What, then, happens after emancipation? *
FOS is an all volunteer organization affiliated with the Ocean Beach Community Foundation. (501(c)(3)Tax ID #33-087-1198)
* Expanding Transitional Services for Emancipated Foster Youth: An Investment in California's Tomorrow, Children's Advocacy Institute, University of San Diego School of Law, January 2007.
If it wasn’t for your kind hearts and generous spirit, I would not have been able to accomplish my educational goals. You have not only contributed to my future but you have inspired me to help others. Thank you for taking a chance and believing in me and the youth who will come after me. As Walt Disney said: “Whatever we have accomplished has been because other people have helped us.”
Rebecca Leach, FOS graduate
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c/o Katie Elsbree
7450 Olivetas Ave. #231
San Diego CA 92037