Youth Villages stories

Jaquelyn’s journey to a new beginning

Dec 18, 2019

At 16-years-old, Jaquelyn moved to America for a new life, new opportunity, and away from the perils of the country where she was born. She worked hard to learn English and graduated high school a year early. Through her Department of Human Services caseworker, she met Katya, a LifeSet specialist, who immediately recognized Jaquelyn’s hunger for a life in which she could make a big, positive impact on others… and it would start by making her college dreams a reality.

 Every year, more than 300 young adults – like Jaquelyn – “age out” of foster care in Oregon. This year, Youth Villages Oregon will serve a third of them by providing support and helping each become successful as they start their journey into adulthood.

Jaquelyn applied for a highly competitive scholarship. After submitting an essay, undergoing a phone interview, group interview and individual interview, Jaquelyn was one of eight recipients – out of 800 applicants – to receive a four-year scholarship!

 Jaquelyn is working hard, and Katya is walking right alongside her, helping her navigate barriers that would otherwise hold her back. With your support, you’re also right there with her every step of the way.

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