Jacob

Jacob


“Kid Prisons” is what Jacob calls the foster homes he lived in. Jacob is 21 now, and has been homeless ever since he aged out of foster care. Just imagine it’s your 18th birthday and […]

Jacob

“Kid Prisons” is what Jacob calls the foster homes he lived in. Jacob is 21 now, and has been homeless ever since he aged out of foster care. Just imagine it’s your 18th birthday and that is the day you are kicked out into the streets with only the clothes on your back. Well, according to California Progress Report, 65% of youth in foster care emancipate without a place to live. 40% of persons living in homeless shelters are former foster children. A similarly disproportionate percentage of the nation’s prison population is comprised of former foster youth. Less than 3% go to college and 51% are unemployed.

I met Jacob in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jacob is a smart young man, yet he says he was never taught the life skills needed to step into adulthood.

We will never end homelessness until we fix our broken foster care system.

 

 

This Invisible People road trip is made possible by  Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.

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  • Chris Hagen

    A haircut, a shave, button your shirt and you might get a job.

  • Claire

    I hope things work out for him. I always appreciate it when people have the courage to share their stories.

  • Helen Ramaglia

    Dearest Jacob- I too was foster. I finally overcame trauma at 46 while fighting for the resources for my two foster adopted boys. (I have two grown kids as well) I never realized trauma controlled my life, I thought I was just extremely quiet and painfully shy. I didn’t realize I was too afraid to speak and scared of trusting people. But today I have found my success story. I wrote a book “From Foster to Fabulous – One little girl’s journey through abuse, foster care aging out and life beyond.” At 35 years old I was on my knees begging God to help me put my life back together. Two weeks later I found a book, “The Best Question Ever” by Andy Stanley and it gave me a formula for making good decisions. IT CHANGED my life! Everyone pointed their fingers at me and told me what I was doing wrong. No one told me what I was doing right or HOW to make a good decisions. At 38 I purged all of the bad stuff from my memory banks and set out to replace all of the bad with good. Today Jacob- Today I am proud to say Helen is a former foster child who lived a life of constant trauma and despair. She is a foster adoptive parent, the Author of “From Foster to Fabulous” and the founder of “Fostering SuperStars”, a non-profit for foster children. She is a Congressional Award Winner, a Points of Light Award Honoree and is a current Woman of Worth Award Nominee. She is a national speaker, trainer, and advocate for foster children. Helen has written many compelling articles for “The Chronicle of Social Change”, and is a much sought after Child Welfare Trainer and Keynote Speaker. Helen and her husband lives in Georgia and have four children. What I am trying to say Jacob – You too have a success story inside of you. Please email me through my website and I would love to send you a copy of my book and a small journal I have created for foster children. “My Foster Success Journal”, it guides you to finding YOUR success story and the tools to reach it. I would love for you to send me your greatest pain (one word) so I can write it on a rock with your name, age and number of placements. I plant the rocks under the weeping willow in my backyard. I call it the “Garden of Pain” and I wrote a poem for it. Hundreds of foster voices live under that tree. I visit them everyday and think about, or pray about their pain. I hope I hear from you sweet lady. I would also like to send you a postcard set of the “Garden of Pain”. http://www.fromfostertofabulou

  • homeless

    wow Helen that was all about you wasnt it. you just plugged yourself to promote your book. Why don’t you help Jacob

  • Helen Ramaglia

    Actually, it had nothing to do with me! After speaking to thousands of foster children. They have made it clear that it is in my personal story that they have found the tools and inspiration to find their success story. It is in sharing my deepest sorrows and ability to over come that thousands of foster parents have said that it is in my personal story that they have found the greatest tools and inspiration to continue to foster even though it’s hard. I have given away FAR more books than I sell! God has been good to me and I pay it forward my giving FAR more than I receive. My church tithing goes 95% to funding Fostering SuperStars and other non-profit organizations who give 100% of their funds directly back to foster children. I work for Fostering SuperStars almost f/t with no pay and never would want a dime for my time, effort, energy, love or passion for a cause so very dear to my heart. No Jacob, this was not about me, but ALL about using my story to empower, inspire, educate and create awareness. And, not only only about Foster Care, but also Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I have adopted two toddlers from foster care with FAS. Sorry if I offended.

  • SF

    his hair is what is making him so handsome. He just has to find a job as an actor.