Who We Help
We are committed to helping teens and young adults who “age out” of the foster care system at ages 18-21.
Reality for these teens is shocking — they are an extremely vulnerable group in our society. Here are a few facts:
- 33% will become homeless within 3 years
- 66% don’t have a high schooll diploma or GED
- 50% are unable to find jobs
- 60% will have babies within 4 years
Our WingsNet Program was created to help change these statistics. It is structured to encourage each youth to become self-sufficient by building a sense of self-reliance, improving their level of eductation, establishing good work habits and learning independent living skills. Here are the components and results:
- Academic Achievement — 25% of WingsNet participants are enrolled in vocational or college studies vs. 3% of youth who leave foster care statewide
- Paycheck Supplement — 70% of WingsNet participants maintain employment for a minimum of 6 months vs. national average of 40%
- Savings Account Match — There is a 25% increase in youth who open and maintain a savings account among WingsNet participants
- Emergency Assistance — Since these youth have no one to call when they face emergency situations, WingsNet provides funding for medical and dental needs, deposits on apartments, utilities, repairs, etc.