Sabrina hopes to one day become a foster parent because she wants to share her story with children like her! Until then, she is looking to find her forever family. A simple share could be the first step in Sabrina finding a family of her own.
“By strengthening and restoring families, we can give them the best chance for success, and I’m hopeful this award will shine a light on the most effective solutions." - Patrick Lawler
Last night, many outstanding people and organizations were honored at this year's Multiplying Good Jefferson Awards for their passionate work not only in the communities around them but around the country. It is an honor to stand with so many who are actively changing our world for the better. We wouldn't be who we are without our dedicated team who continue to put the needs of our youth and families first. Congratulations to our leader Pat Lawler and ALL Jefferson Award honorees for such an inspirational night. #CelebrateGood ... See MoreSee Less
Today our CEO, Pat Lawler will receive the distinguished National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. Thanks to The Daily Memphian for beautifully sharing Pat's story. bit.ly/2G3DqVV
Every year, approximately 20,000 young people, like Ary, age out of the child welfare system. Turning 18, she was proud to have achieved high school graduation; completed the broadcast and video production course at Frances Tuttle Technical Center; and enrolled at Oklahoma State University to major in entrepreneurship. But obstacles began to hit fast and led Ary to being connected to one of our LifeSet specialist.
“My LifeSet Specialist, Hannah Bluege, really took the time to build a relationship with me,” Ary said. “I have so much to talk about, but I don’t like to let people in all the time. She took the time to let me work at my own pace. She’s persistent and caring and that means a lot to someone who doesn’t have anyone.”
Though some obstacles, including Covid-19, have paused her work, Ary continues to be an advocate for other transition-age youth. She’s looking forward to getting back to work and saving money to return to college. Read Ary's full story: bddy.me/3mLBPoG... See MoreSee Less
Every year, approximately 20,000 young people turn 18 in child welfare systems without ever being reunited with their biological family. Ary, a young woman receiving help in Youth Villages Oklahoma’s LifeSet program experienced the ups and downs of that big birthday.