Hello 2014! I welcome you with open arms…Packaged for Success and prepared for an extraordinary year!
Here is a look back at 2013 with The Teen Toolbox!
SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month
- National Executive Youth Leadership Summit
- On Purpose Networking for Women
- 33nd Annual MARFY Conference
- Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School
- The Youth Empowerment Telesummit
- Trinity Washington University
- Challengers Independent Living Program
- Glory Soldiers Global
- Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth
- Coalition of Adoption Programs, Inc.
- The Maids of Maryland
- Glory Soldiers Global
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Prince George’s County Maryland Chapter
- Watkins Hornets Youth Association
- Prince George’s Community College student organizations
Supporting Our Community/Exploring Our World
- 2nd Annual Pack A Backpack Drive
- 7th Annual Pack A Purse Drive
The Teen Toolbox eliminates negative stereotypes of teens in foster care with our SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month recognition. Our SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month award recognizes a youth (14-21) in the foster care system that is leading a life of promise and making a positive impact in his or her community.
SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month nominations are accepted on a continuous basis. #STOTM
Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.
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Amber S. exited the Florida foster care system two years ago. Her interests include art, music, crime scene investigation shows. She is a fan of hip hop, rap, R&B and gospel music.
Other people describe Amber as being shy and always staying to herself. She describes herself as being a good listener, and good at math and a good problem solver. She is a giver who loves to help others with their problems and her math skills come in handy as she sets a budget for herself.
Amber’s favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds and Supernatural. She graduated high school early by obtaining her GED and plans to attend college and pursue a Master’s degree in criminal justice, specializing in crime scene investigations. Watching law enforcement shows on TV and research on the crime scene industry has led Amber to her career goal to become a crime scene investigator.
Reflections of a Foster Child
When you see a child in care, when you see me…
Answer this question, what do you see?
Do you see resiliency? Do you see what I plan to be?
I don’t think so, I think you see the system because to you, I have no face!
So for me to overcome the system I must move from place to place.
Integration, segregation, group homes, different homes
Overcoming the system is like living in a dome.
To overcome the system, I need love and support.
I feel like an unborn baby hearing the doctor’s say “Abort”.
You see we want to overcome the system but were confused we don’t know what’s in store.
Is the system a safety net or just another Trap Door?
© Rick, Foster Child
[Published with permission]