Commitment to Foster Youth
Children in foster care are among the most vulnerable in America, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially cruel to older youth and those who have recently aged out of the system. They face heightened levels of depression & anxiety, staggering levels of job loss, and food insecurity.
Women United (WU) is committed to helping foster youth thrive by providing them the same opportunities as our own children.
In 2021 we created more than 200 matched Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for local foster youth, providing financial stability and making a lasting and significant difference in their lives. This year we have a goal of raising enough money to support 300 foster youth with IDAs.
Help us increase our impact on the region’s foster youth!
Foster Youth Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
Women United (WU) raises funds to help foster youth prepare to be self-sufficient once they leave the foster care system. Our local United Way’s foster youth program includes case management, life skills training and financial support through the Individual Development Account (IDA) program.
IDAs are matched savings accounts that help cover basic necessities and education-related expenses for emancipated foster youth.
Life Skills WorkshopsWomen United Set Foster Youth Up for Success
Part of United Way’s Women United efforts to help foster youth prepare to be self-sufficient once they leave the foster care system include practical life skills classes.
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