Posted by: Bigger Than Your Block | May 16, 2012

Helping Kids in Care Succeed

Reading about kids aging out of foster care makes me sick. Literally. I aged out at 17 and I didn’t realize that the crappy education and skill set that I had was so much more than many of the other kids received. I wrote this book because I want to help the kids that are still n care have access to as much information as I can.

Order copies for your case load, kids in your group home, and kids in your school.

Everything from finding an apartment and getting the utilities turned on to paying for college and saving for retirement are covered. Resources for emancipating youth shared from organizations across the country are also included. This edition includes a bonus chapter on resumes, interviewing, and career advice.

Shay spoke at a financial education event for kids in care hosted by New York ACS. You care hire Shay to speak at your event as well.
Click the photo to visit Shay’s speaking website.

We have to start preparing kids in care to take care of themselves. The statistics are too sad. There is no reason that:

Outcomes during transition from care to adulthood National data Regional or Local data
Earned a high school diploma 54% 50% – 63%
Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher 2% 2%
Became a parent 84% 42%
Were unemployed 51% 30%
Had no health insurance 30% 29%
Had been homeless 25% 36%
Were receiving public assistance 30% 26%

From Foster Care  Alumni

These numbers are unacceptable. We have to do something to help.

Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She speaks at high schools, colleges, and companies across the country. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on Bankrate.com, FoxBusiness.com, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times, among others. To schedule Shay to speak at your event visit www.BiggerThanYourBlock.com

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