Create a youth-driven opportunity for current and former foster youth to build strong, long-term relationships with caring, committed adults who effectively support them as they learn essential skills to become self-sufficient, actively engaged adult... Read more
Create a youth-driven opportunity for current and former foster youth to build strong, long-term relationships with caring, committed adults who effectively support them as they learn essential skills to become self-sufficient, actively engaged adults.
Stepping Forward LA works with foster youth aging out of the system.
We have a signature co-mentoring program providing a community of mentors and peers to support the young adults as they age out of the foster care system. Our co-mentor community meets each month on the 1st Saturday of every month. Smaller groups of mentors and one on one mentoring takes place between 1st Saturday events.
We support the young adults with connection to resources - including housing, employment, education as well as connecting them to a variety of people who will support and encourage them to set and achieve their goals!
I have been a co-mentor with SFLA for 2 1/2 years. Working with the current and former foster youth involved with the organization has changed my life, as has SFLA's incredible Executive Director, Beth Ryan. This organization is much like a family and in SFLA, Beth Ryan has created a unique and diverse community of volunteers and current and former foster youth who all strive to support one another. The organization's monthly event, 1st Saturday (on the first Saturday of every month) is a wonderful opportunity to get together, share a meal, get caught up and take part in some fantastic programming. I can't recommend this organization enough. The opportunities for volunteers are endless and so rewarding!
Be prepared for a family-like atmosphere when you join Stepping Forward LA. You cannot get any more grassroots and genuine than this organization. I have been a volunteer Co-Mentor since 2014. You can literally do anything you would like to contribute. Whether you'd like to contribute your skills or to learn new ones, this organization is for you. You will meet many amazing emancipated youth whose stories would guarantee to inspire you.