Race to 200
Setting Foster Youth Up for Success
Women United is on a mission to set up 200 new Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for local foster youth.
Becoming self-reliant can be an immense undertaking for any young person, let alone during a national crisis. It’s a process that requires the securing of basic needs, including adequate food, clothing, transportation, and a fixed stable residence. However, youth aging out of foster care at the age of 18 are often thrust into adulthood without sufficient preparation, losing all support, including material and financial resources and critical safety nets.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help cover basic necessities and education-related expenses for emancipated foster youth. Last year we created 146 of these accounts.
This year we are stepping up our commitment to 200 because we know emancipated foster youth are at most risk during this pandemic.