Some may consider young adults in the foster care system or the juvenile justice department at risk or at a disadvantage. For the first time, a unique conference takes place.
The first annual foster success youth conference. Workforce Solutions Cameron, the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department and many others are trying to provide soft skills that would make these young adults successful in their careers.
Luciana Morales with Workforce Cameron says, “The idea is that they see for themselves that there are opportunities in the community.”
At first glance, they look like ordinary classrooms with ordinary students. At some point in their lives, these children were designated at risk. Now their chances to be successful may not be in their favor.
Morales states, “These are youth coming from the foster care system and the juvenile justice department.”
Most of these young adults are no longer in school. Most over 18, those that come from the foster care system are labeled as ‘aged out’ and may no longer living with foster families.
“It helps them discover the different issues of the communities but also solutions,” Morales.
Measuring success will be a difficult task for the agencies involved. In the few minutes we were there, we noticed some words of encouragement go a long way.
These young adults also had an opportunity to sign up to local colleges or further education programs.