How does a foster child learn to be a caring and responsible parent? This is a problem we have encountered recently as we connected with former participants who achieved better grades through our academic coading and went on to be working parents. You see, for many foster kids they haven't had the good fortune of experiencing constant positive parenting examples as they mature and gain their 'independence' in the real world. Life skills are usually not a high priority as foster parents and organizations wrestle with the histories which created the emotional vacuum most foster kids live with daily.
Start2Achieve.org, through our book distribution program and our team coaching efforts, is now expanding to offer basic life skills to our 'graduates' and others who are seeking better lives for themselves and their young families. As you think about the highly competitive job market today, imagine how difficult it is for job seekers who don't have resources, contacts or basic job skills that many of their peers bring from healthy family environments. Even struggling students who come form healthy family situations have to compensate for 'lessons' they missed as they sought to simply graduate after years of 'getting by'.
Withing the near future we will be publishing our own 'lessons learned' through helping these students increase their odds of building strong relationships and being part of healthy families of the future. As these lessons are scripted we plan to make them available to schools, CPA's and Human Service organizations via training and internet based curriculums.
The future looks brighter as we climb out of macro economic abyss, but the micro struggles continue and don't come automatically as the gaps between economic classes widen. S2A is thrilled to be a part of shedding a little light amidst the darkness of underachieving.