Monday, December 5th, 2011...9:19 am
Documentary: From Place to Place
Produced by Porch Productions , From Place to Place recounts the stories of three teenagers who have “aged-out” of the foster care system. Although too young to stay in foster care, they have not yet developed the inner resources to succeed in either life or school. While legally adults they continue to need nurturing, encouragement and positive reinforcement on their way to becoming full-fledged grown-ups. Sadly, they are not getting it.
This documentary follows them over a two year period from the streets of Missoula, Montana to the halls of Congress where they describe their experiences with the gaps in the foster care system before The Senate Caucus on Foster Youth.
From Place to Place is now available at both campus libraries.
And what about foster youth at John Tyler Community College? Recognizing the needs of students who are no longer in foster care, the Virginia Community College System has created the Great Expectations program. At John Tyler students in Great Expectations are paired with a mentor. Mentors act as friends, life coaches, academic guides and cheerleaders to young adults who may not have anyone else to act as a sounding board or encourager. According to Vicky Muensterman, Great Expectations Coach, there are currently 16 students in the program at John Tyler, ten with mentors. All the mentors are either faculty or staff at Tyler.
Want more information? Check out the Great Expectations web site .