Why We Do What We Do

Get it done for our young people.

No one can fully understand what we do, unless they know why we do, what we do.

Here's why I do, what I do, for our homeless youth who have exited foster care in the state of Florida.

In 2015, of the 284 youth who were surveyed at the age of 17 years old in foster care in this state...

Only 58% reported that they have completed a life skills training program and know how to complete a budget.

Only 54% reported that they have completed a life skills training program on financial literacy and banking.

Only 46% reported that they have signed their Independent Living Transition Plan and it had been filed with the court.

And if that isn't nauseating enough...

89% reported that they had been informed of your option to remain in Extended Foster Care past the age of 18.

Yet only 67% reported that they had planned to remain in Extended Foster Care when they turn 18.

And of the 393 foster care kids surveyed between the ages of 13-17 years old, 30% of them reported that they participated in NO activities outside of their residence.

This included school club, sports teams, community clubs, churches of their choice, time with their friends, school events, shopping or even going to see the movie Frozen.

And of the 165 of them that gave a reason for not participating in any of these activities, 20% reported that it was because they lived in a home where they are not allowed.

And over 60% of these youth who will turn 18 and experience homelessness within 12 months of leaving foster care.

And our community response to this debacle is that our transitional shelters are full. So there's nothing we can do.

This asinine community problem speaks for itself.

This is why I do what I do.

This is why I research what needs to be researched. Write what needs to be written. And say what needs to be said.

Principled action. Based on the belief that it is never wrong to do the right thing. Never.

Our youth leaving foster care require the problem solvers to this homeless youth situation to take a principled stand.

It is never wrong to do the right thing.

Get it done for our young people.