Our 7th Annual Pack A Purse™ Drive launches on TODAY, November 8, 2013. We are collecting purses (including totes and other handbags) filled with personal hygiene items for teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters. Only new and gently used purses will be accepted.
Personal hygiene items needed: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, lotion, powder, shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, and lip gloss.
The Next Level – Pack A Purse Drive™ Phase II:
• We need several drop-off locations in the community for Pack A Purse Drive ™. Churches, hair salons, coffee shops, schools, community centers, and other local businesses.
• We are in need of a central location for sorting and packing donations. Volunteers welcomed!
• We desire a location that will allow participating agencies to be given specific “shopping” times so that youth can come and select their own items.
• We never want to make deliveries in black garbage bags so donations of large holiday shopping bags and other durable large bags will be accepted during each drive.
It’s back to school time!
Recommendation: Add a portfolio to the school supplies list.
Education is power. Youth are full of limitless possibility. They learn from every interaction and experience – either what to do more of or what not to do again and both can have positive consequences. The Teen Toolbox implements the positive youth development model which means that our youth are fully prepared but not problem free. Positive youth development focuses on assets and not deficits and includes youth in solution seeking. We believe that teens should be the author of their own paths and that the role of adults is to guide and not lead. Adults must build a safety net or foster an atmosphere where teens can fail safely.
Packaged For Success™ is a preparation lifestyle – a collection of positive habits and character traits where we are prepared for the great things life has to offer.
The Teen Toolbox sponsors two annual drives/events to raise awareness about the issues faced by youth aging out of foster care and to show teens that someone cares:
Today the estimated jackpot for Mega Millions is $92,000,000. The estimated jackpot for Powerball is $112,000,000.
I don’t play the lottery so there is no way that can win the lottery but let’s play “what if” anyway.
What if YOU won the lottery? How would you give and serve your community if you won the lottery? YES, I’m assuming that you will give and serve your community.
#Fact: The more birthdays a child celebrates in the foster care system, the less likely they are of being adopted. Older children need families too.
Foster care statistics according to the AFCARS Report for FY2011 (July 2012):
Raising awareness about the need to help teenagers in foster care ‘secure’ a forever family through adoption or to help them develop a support system of caring adults who will assist them after their foster care services end is essential to improving their quality of life.
I’m unable to adopt or become a parent what else can I do?
So glad you asked that question. There are so many ways to get involved to support teenagers and young adults in foster care.
Are you following the lives of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Pipa Middleton, Drake (congrats to him for earning his GED this month), Usher, or Justin Timerlake? New pregnancies, hot couples, divorces, altercations, arrests, CD releases — sometimes the title of pop culture critic fits me very well. Other times I wish I could make the celebrity drama disappear from the headlines or at least completely erase it from my consciousness. I would never want to earn my paycheck as a pop culture analyst but I try to abreast of the big things happening in Hollywood. Why? Because I am a firm believer in meeting youth where they are I can’t turn away completely.
I always infuse real life examples in my discussions and workshops with young people. More often than not the youth are engulfed in the lives of celebrities so I engage them in conversations and activities about strengths and weaknesses, challenges and triumphs, loyalty and disappointments, and reality versus fantasy. For better or worse many young people regard actors and musicians as role models. I instituted our SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month feature to provide a positive alternative to Hollywood celebrity worship.
The Teen Toolbox is on a mission to raise awareness about the needs and potential of youth in transition from foster care and work to counteract negative statistics and stories by showcasing the talent and determination in young people. We invite you to nominate a teen for our “SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month” feature which recognizes a youth in the foster care system (14-21) that is leading a life of promise and making a positive impact in his or her community.
Have you nominated a teen for “SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month” yet? Are you wondering if submitting the nomination is a safe or smart thing to do? I understand completely. In fact, I have had similar concerns when I’ve seen profiles of youth awaiting adoption on my local news or adoption website, or in the email newsletters from organizations that serve youth in foster care.