Until They Turn 18 | The Movie

Until They Turn 18 | The Movie   Volunteer or Mentor!

  1. Ok so we made a film

    Here's where we get to actually DO SOMETHING about it! Were you aware . . .

  2. Homeless

    Some Facts About Homeless Teens

    Why Teens End Up Homeless

    Oct 5th 2013

    Under the current system, foster care children "age out" of at 18, even if they're still in school. The state (Florida) provides money for former foster children taking classes — $1,256 a month until they're 23 — but children lose a lifeline to a family.

    Studies estimate that 20% of youth who arrive at shelters came directly from foster care, and more than 25% had been in foster care in the previous year. These youth age out of the foster care system and are discharged with no housing or income support, primarily because they are not enrolled in school. For youth who are released from juvenile corrections facilities, many become homeless because they lack support systems and opportunities for work and housing. Other factors, such as, physical abuse,sexual abuse and substance abuse can cause youth to run away from home.

  3. The 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience

    Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them. They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative.

    Sep 26th 2013
    Resilient Teens

    • Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we don't allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.
    • Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.
    • Connection: Connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.
    • Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.
    • Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others, and do so without shame.
    • Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.
    • Control: Young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.

    reference: Fostering Reslience


    Design & Plan

    Designing and Planning a Mentoring Program

    Sep 26th 2013 /

    You're ready to embark on the very important work of designing and planning the who, what, when, where and how of your mentoring program. By taking time to carefully think through all aspects of your program, you will ensure that you're able to effectively serve young people and sustain your efforts over the long term.

    The program design and planning stage enables you to create a roadmap of how you will manage, operate and evaluate your mentoring program. Keep in mind that you can modify your plan as you go, when circumstances and experiences dictate. However, advance planning of how the program will be managed will assist you in adhering to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™—the mentoring sector's evidence-based standards for program quality. For more detailed information, sample resources and tools, access Mentoring.org

  4. Substance Use & Abuse Among Foster Youth

    "Adolescent substance use is America's number one public healthproblem," said Susan Foster, who conducted a study of 1,000 American teens for the Center. "It's a huge, huge public health problem of epidemic proportion."

    Sep 26th 2013


    Drug Addiction

    Substance abuse is a factor in at least three quarters of all foster care placements, and recent studies indicate high rates of lifetime substance use and substance use disorders for youths in the foster care system.

    Source: (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health for the State of Missouri) The transition from late adolescence to adulthood is characterized by multiple role transitions as youth leave high school, seek employment, and change living situations. Substance use in the general population increases throughout this period until it peaks in young adulthood (Brown et al., 2008; Maggs & Schulenberg, 2004/2005; Schulenberg et al., 2005). Youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system may be particularly vulnerable to substance use problems during this period. These youth possess unique risk factors such as histories of maltreatment and placement changes that have been associated with increased risk for substance abuse (Aarons et al., 2008). In addition, these youth face unique transitions as they leave the foster care system, often moving to independent living situations without the support of a family system to provide a safety net (McCoy, McMillen, & Spitznagel, 2008).


    How Human Trafficking and Child Slavery Hurt Homeless Kids

    On Their Behalf, We Offer an Urgent Call to Service

    Sep 26th 2013 /

    There is a grave misconception in this country that human trafficking is a trend relegated to foreign soil. But the painful truth is that human trafficking – one of the world's fastest-growing criminal industries – is a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children.

    Often disconnected from family and friends, homeless kids are particularly susceptible to traffickers who will lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love. Once snatched from the streets without anyone noticing, they are sold for the highest price, their dignity and sense of self destroyed.

    Every year, federal and state governments pour millions of dollars into combatting sex trafficking through local and federal law enforcement agencies. But the emerging link between the child welfare system and child sex trafficking in the United States underscores the need for a new tactic, one that addresses the social origins of child sex trafficking.

    references: Covenant House, Alternet