Vol. 3, No. 1 Fall 1998
Recognize Teen's Achievements
spring (is that right?)
the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Durham-based
Independent Living Resources, Inc., hold four banquets to recognize
the special achievements of North Carolina's foster youth. In four areas
of the state, foster youth gather to celebrate what they have done and
what they are trying to do.
Some of those recognized during a Youth Recognition
Banquet in June 1998.
The banquets inspire foster teens by exposing them to others who have
overcome some of the same barriers they face.
fine meal, individuals' achievements are recognized. Each youth, in
turn, ascends the stage to accept a certificate and a gift. Accomplishments
recognized include high school graduation, completion of the GED program,
athletic accomplishments, scholarships, and more.
are affirmative--they send the message that everyone, no matter what
has happened to them, is important. One speaker puts it this way: "You
might think your life is not important or that it is a mistake, but
it's not. God doesn't make junk."
also send the message to foster kids that their future is something
within their control, that success is a real possibility. That's something
we ALL need to be reminded of sometimes.
If you would
like information about the Youth Recognition Banquet planned, contact
Nancy Carter or Bill Griffin at 800/820-0001.
2000 Jordan Institute for Families