Happy Saturday folks!!
Let me be as unapologetic as I possible can. Keep that fingertip on the unfriend button. Ring the bell. Ding-ding.
Matthew 18:12-14: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."
This is for all the homeless youth who have left foster care. I'm talking to you today. Because the adults in our community are as obtuse as they are stupid. And for that I apologize.
I haven't prayed so much until I started thinking about you. Just like you, I'm fighting. It's a different fight. But at 2am when I turn over. I'm thinking of you.
People aren't telling you the truth. Yeah that sucks. Stupid is an equal opportunity employer. Have you ever heard the phrase, "there's no funding"?
That's a lie. There are billions of dollars allocated from the federal government to keep you off the street. And practically none of it reaching you. The adults who are "servicing" you are wasting it on failed programs.
It's called grand theft. But no one will tell you that.
We are failing you. Our community is failing you. Our churches. Our government. Our neighborhoods. Our organizations. Our agencies.
Florida ranks 48th out of 50 states in volunteering. If you're an adult homeless youth in Florida who left foster care? Get used to it. Because these dudes out here? Could care less.
These people in Florida won't get up off the couch to do anything if there isn't a check attached to it.
But there's a different narrative I want you to digest. Speaking of that, check out the blog, changingthenarratives.com. These people are operating moronic behavior all across the country.
God has blessed me with an unique ability to aggravate. Irritate. And lose no sleep over it. I'm forming a team of adults who are just like me. I'm talking about people who will operate on your behalf as if they have no future. All in.
Who will advocate for you like Lionel Richie. All night long. On the ceiling. Okay, you're too young for that. But these dudes out here understand what I'm saying.
And yes, we will have this conversation with the people who are throwing your money away face-to-face. I'm already planning the meetings. I priced a ticket to Tallahassee already.
Coming back with a half a million dollar check in my suit pocket.
And its all for you.
Here's what we've been doing. Extending foster care for you from 18 to 21. Some want you to stay in foster care until you're 23. What a crock of goose-squeeze.
But if they couldn't get you to a permanent home in all that time while you were in foster care, what makes you think going back to them will make any difference?
These people couldn't raise you to success if it was stamped on their foreheads. Or help you get a full-time job. A high school diploma or GED. Or positive adult connections. In the numerous years under their care of you.
In what world, does dragging their stupidity out for 3 more years make any difference in your life? Tell me. Yes, I'm talking to them, congressmen. You, top administrators. You, agency heads.
The Fostering Connections Act was set up, in part, to curb those types of outcomes for you who are aging out of care. But studies are already beginning to show that the law has made no difference when it comes to you being on the street.
Nobody told you that? Not surprised. We lie to you constantly. And again, I apologize for our irresponsible, apathetic stupidity.
The next fiscal year budget cycle is in the works as we speak. Guess what? You deserve a huge piece of that pie. Direct funds. So get ready to cash some checks.
158 House Bills in the works. 89 Senate bills. Not one directed to help you gain permanent housing.
I personally believe there is a special place in the afterlife for people who operate with such flagrant disregard towards you. And personally? I'll help rake the coals.
I'm sorry. Did I just say that I thing they're going to Hell for not helping you young adults who are homeless since they have left foster care?
Yeah. I just read the scripture. I didn't make that up. They shouldn't get mad at me. That's between them and Him. I'm just here to get the conversation started.
Can you keep a secret? The Governor appropriated $1.25 million to the PACE Center for Girls. To expand. Guess what their performance percentage is in getting these girls to gain a high school diploma or GED?
18%. Eighteen. That's laughable.
So you can understand my frustration. And tight jaws. Give me $1.25 million and all of you would graduate or get a GED. And go off to college. And get a full-time job. And pay taxes. And help the next ones behind you.
So, I said all of that to say this. You've got some pissed-off people in your corner. And I'm the ring leader with no filter.
You will get an apartment. A full-time job. An education. Period. Hang in there. Us adults are asleep at the wheel. That's on us. You keep performing.
And I promise. You perform and I will personally see to it that you get all the help you need for success.
And in case you didn't know, I don't have anything to do but advocate for you. And watch football. No kids. No wife. No real possessions. No pets. I can do this in my sleep.
Until next time. You're my heroes : )