27 February 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Junior League of Annapolis SEEKS MENTORS FOR NEXTSTEPS PROGRAM
Program helps teens transitioning from foster care to independent living
Annapolis (February 27, 2009)- Junior League of Annapolis, Inc.’s (JLA), Friends of Foster Care committee, in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services seeks mentors for the NextSteps program, a transitional program to aid foster teens as they become too old to remain in foster care. Mentor information sessions are being held Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 pm at the Severna Park Library and Sunday, March 11th at 1 pm at the Annapolis Main Library. Designed to help foster teens obtain the necessary life skills for independent living once they are no longer under the care and supervision of the foster care system, the program will pair each foster child with a mentor as they go through the program.
Teens transitioning from foster care to independent living face tremendous obstacles. Approximately 30% are likely to become homeless within three years of leaving the foster care system. By preparing these teens for circumstances they may encounter as an independent living adult, the Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. is hoping to prevent unemployment, criminal behavior, substance abuse, a life of poor health and homelessness, while encouraging advanced academic studies, financial independence and community involvement; by exposing these young adults to basic life skills and a crucial support system they are more likely to succeed.
Mentors are needed to provide one-on-one discussion and guidance during this time of transition. These mentors will be a part workshop sessions and meet with the participants separately as needed. JLA seeks men and women over 18 years of age to be mentors for this important program. If you are interested in mentoring and would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.
ABOUT THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ANNAPOLIS
Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.