There are currently over 408,000 youth in foster care in the United States, with over 8,000 of these children in foster care in the state of Maryland. Nearly half of the youth in foster care are between the ages of 11 and 17.
At the age of 18, these youth age out of the child welfare system and are expected to live independently. They face grim futures – over half will experience at least one episode of homelessness, over half of all females may become pregnant before age 19 and over 80% of males will be arrested. Only 25% of these teens will receive their high school diploma or GED and fewer than 2% will finish college.
Even while in care, these children are at high risk for emotional and behavioral problems. At least half of all youth in foster care will experience at least one move while in care, with a majority experiencing two to three placement changes. It is suggested that youth aged 11 to 17 are least likely to achieve permanence.
The Village Youth & Family Center has developed specialized programming to help youth in foster care aged 11 and older with developing skills for goal-setting, problem-solving, building positive relationships within their community and increasing self-esteem and community involvement through regular small group meetings called Circles.
Our vision is that all youth become caring, responsible and self-sufficient citizens.
To us, this means these youth graduate from high school, go on to enroll in college or a skilled trade, have stable and healthy home lives, are valuable members of their community and have lasting connections with trusted adults.
Partnering with girls and their families to build resilience through connectedness, skill-building and positive supports.
We are connecting youth with each other, their community and their passions.
Helping youth develop leadership and life skills including self-confidence, decision-making, goal-setting, communication, problem-solving and more. This curriculum is delivered through our small groups called Circles. We believe in teaching empathy and responsibility through community service and exposing youth to a variety of skills, hobbies and activities to help them develop their passions.
All youth deserve to have the consistent support of a caring and trusting adult.
The Village Youth & Family Center has developed specialized programming to help girls with developing skills for:
- building positive relationships within their community,
- increasing self-esteem, and
- increasing community involvement
These skills are taught in our small groups called Circles. Our group-centered activities are based on our specialized curriculum around peer support, decision-making, goal-setting, service projects, entrepreneurial skills and positive relationships.
Through this programming, girls will develop a healthy:
- Sense of Self
- Sense of Belonging
- Sense of Community
Web site: www.thevillageyouth.org