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.
Last night I watched the finale on Rachel vs Guy Kids Cook Off on The Food Network. Eight young chefs competed for a title and their own webs series on FoodNetwork.com. Ten year old Brandon was the winner. These kids really made some really complex dishes.Although I did not see the three prior episodes in the series, I was very impressed with the skills, commitment, and love of learning each child possessed. They also did very well under pressure. (#RvGKids)
There were three things that I really appreciated about the show:
Jahlika is a 19 year old college student in New York determined never to let her past trauma or life circumstances define her. She has a strong work history and the goal of becoming a nurse. Jahlika was recently awarded a hospital internship in conjunction with New Yorkers for Children. Jahlika was selected for this prestigious opportunity from a pool of many candidates and received a certificate of achievement at the end of the program. Because of her strong work ethic, Jahlika was then offered a paid internship.
Jahlika’s wonderful personality, hard work, and perseverance to achieve a better future earned her an invitation to attend New Yorkers for Children Annual Gala. She was given an opportunity to wear a designer dress and shoes. She also had the opportunity to have her hair and professionally done.
Sometimes you have to toot your own horn! YOU can nominate yourself for SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month. 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.
Here are 5 reasons why you might want to nominate yourself for SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month:
SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month honorees will receive:
Check out these great stories of youth helping youth in foster care.
Because of his experience in the system, Tim Dennis is on a mission to recruit adults who will support teens in the foster care system by becoming either foster parents or mentors. Dennis is now a Maryville College freshman who dreams of becoming a mental health nurse.
Read more here.
Middle school girls from Johnson County came away from this year’s Odyssey of the Mind World Finals honored as Odyssey Angels — creating an impressive real-world community service project. The girls launched their Odyssey of the Mind community service project — an Odyssey Angels project — to donate and decorate 100 canvas bags and fill with socks and underwear for 100 foster kids. They have already made and donated 300 blankets to kids in care.
Read more here.
Related Post: SPOTLIGHT on Tony
Tony D. is a Texas 11th grade student who has been in the foster care system for approximately 6 months. He is involved in numerous extracurricular actives such as varsity football, varsity baseball and track. In addition to playing sports, Tony enjoys working out in his free time. After graduating high school, he plans to join the Air Force and pursue a degree in health nutrition or athletic coaching.
Tony is a role model and an advocate. “Don’t give up on yourselves or your futures. Always hold your head up high and do not let any situation bring you down. Your voice, our voice is the most powerful voice that can be heard so do not be afraid to speak up because when all is said and done there is always a brighter tomorrow”, is the advice Tony wants to share with all youth in the foster care system.
You may also want to read: SPOTLIGHT On Leroy S.
On Tuesday I had the honor of joining in the celebration of 22 amazing young adults who have overcome obstacles, broken down barriers, crashed through stereotypes, and now are blazing a trail for current foster youth to follow. I attended the Foster Care to Success (FC2S) annual Summer Reception in DC. Foster Care to Success’ Aim Higher Fellows Program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program that seeks to improve college readiness for foster youth who are still in high school by tapping the experiences and unique perspectives of successful FC2S Scholars. The program is designed to help foster youth gain a better understanding of the differences between high school and college and to develop the academic and life skills they need to graduate. Fellows are drawn from FC2S students who are majoring in education, social work, communications, public policy and similar fields.