The Youth Day I attended began with two speakers who themselves were
foster youth. Erica, age 17, talked about her experiences in foster
care and about a newly formed youth organization to which she belongs
(see “Say So,” page 3).
She was followed by Steaphon Jones, an 18-year-old who chose to remain
in foster care under a voluntary placement agreement (for more on VPA’s
see p. 11). A former athlete who plans to attend seminary, Steaphon
delivered a strong message. Looking straight at the audience, he urged
them to use their imaginations and think big. “You’ve got to visualize
yourself in high places,” he said. “Find a dream and dream it big!”
The rest of the day focused on fun and the future. During and in between
workshops dealing with the realities of teenage parenting, drug use,
and the importance of choosing a career, kids had plenty of time to
socialize, make friends, eat, and ride in a real military Humvee.
Youth Days, which are sponsored by the NC Division of Social Services
and Independent Living Resources, are free to anyone who registers.
If you would like information about the Youth Days planned, contact
Nancy Carter or Bill Griffin at 800/820-0001.