Foster a Dream

Foster a Dream

The partnership between Foster a Dream and John Muir Health helps East Bay foster children navigate a critical period in their lives: their transition to adulthood and independence. An unsuccessful transition can lead to homelessness, physical, and mental health issues, and increased risk of unlawful activity. Foster youth who are prepared academically with career goals, life management skills, and knowledge of resources are more likely to succeed and thrive.

Career Activity Participant Quotes

I loved and enjoyed the whole thing. I think it was an amazing experience.

"I like how they made it fun."

"[I liked] the enthusiasm of the speakers, the way they made the subject matter relatable, directed towards the population and age."

"I enjoyed it because I got to learn about different nursing positions and hospital jobs."

Highlights

  • In 2011, 1183 backpacks were filled with school supplies and distributed to foster youth. School supplies included backpacks, pens and pencils, folders, and notebooks.
  • In 2011, 8 youth participated in the Get Set Program, which supports foster youth transition to emancipation.
  • There was an overall expansion of mentor and volunteer program with:
    • 100 new volunteers
    • 14 mentors recruited
    • 4 new Board members recruited