We believe that all youth, especially orphans and foster care youth, deserve a chance to reach their full potential. Our belief is fueled by our own personal experiences. Nikki was orphaned in middle school, and placed in the care of extended family. Priya’s family has always been an active advocate of the foster care system and providing better outcomes for its youth. These experiences have opened our eyes to how blessed we are to have accomplished what we have and be where we are today. We want to help orphan and foster youth of following generations feel a sense of accomplishment and reach their personal definition of success. In order to do so, we have created Partnered for Success.

Partnered for Success helps orphan and foster care teens in the greater Phoenix area successfully transition into adulthood. We do this through a three-tiered program, consisting of monthly independent living and personal growth workshops, monthly community service, and mentorship. All PFS mentors are college students or recent college graduates who are there to serve as a role model, consistent listening ear, and source of support.

We provide our youth with a community of people who genuinely care about their success and happiness. We aim to expose the youth to new opportunities, while building their confidence and skill sets to better pursue those opportunities. Partnered for Success teaches hard independent living skills, such as financial literacy, while also fostering the desire to create a positive and healthy future for themselves.  We just completed the pilot program that helped us refine an AWESOME program for next year. Partnered for Success’s intensive 10-month program begins in August 2012.

This blog will serve as an outlet to discuss Partnered for Success, the child welfare industry as a whole, mentoring, teen empowerment, and other relevant topics. We will also bring in community partners, our mentors, and fellow change makers as guest bloggers.

We love hearing from you too! Please feel free to ask us questions, post ideas, and provide feedback.

Nikki and Priya

 

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