A Place to Grow a Family
Aimee was referred to The RightWay Foundation by Long Beach City College. She had recently emancipated from the foster care system and was homeless and underemployed. While immersing herself in RightWay’s Operation Emancipation workshops, Aimee learned we have a re-entry program for justice system-involved youth, and she connected us with her boyfriend Keven. RightWay enrolled Keven in our job-readiness program, Operation Second Chance. Keven had been touched by the probation system when he was younger and was now dreaming of putting his past behind him and becoming an electrician.
We referred Keven to SouthWest College, where he is now studying to become an electrician. Aimee is now working as a school nurse and continues her education at Long Beach City College. Aimee and Keven are currently participating in RightWay’s Operation GUIDE, connecting as Alumni mentees with our Super Mentors from the community and serving as mentors in their own right for high school foster youth.
When RightWay found out that Aimee and Keven were expecting their first child, we moved quickly to enroll them in our Operation Housing First program, finding them a well-appointed apartment in Los Angeles, where they can welcome their baby to a real home. We will pay half of each month’s rent for one year as Aimee and Keven build their stability.
The RightWay Foundation believes that every foster and re-entry youth deserves the chance to build a stable life. With employment, therapy, housing, and community, Los Angeles’s most vulnerable foster youth can age out of the system and into a healthy, thriving adulthood.
The first $1,500 will be matched.
The RightWay Foundation’s goal is to help foster care youth transitioning out of the system build their own futures through employment and therapy. But in order to do that, they also need stable housing.
During the pandemic, the need for that stability amidst California’s high rental market became apparent. That’s where “Operation Housing First” comes into play. Rightway is hoping to raise a seed fund of $250,000 to go towards the new project.
The program pays the security deposit and half of each month’s rent for program participants to live in their own apartment for one year. It’s also mindful of each person’s specific needs and chooses rentals located in safe neighborhoods close to their jobs so they can walk or take advantage of public transportation. A donation of $21,600 can help house three young adults working with RightWay for one full year.
Thanks to The Giving List’s novel matching program, all donations of up to $1,500 will be matched.
We at The RightWay Foundation help Transition-Age Foster Youth get and keep good jobs despite the overwhelming trauma they have endured throughout their lives.
Executive Director: Franco Vega
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“My name is Shamyia. I’m 26 years old. At the age of one I became a ward of the court. Most of my childhood I felt as if I was being raised by the system. As I grew older, I felt as if I was numbered and stamped. Between my teenage years and adult life I had no family support, emotional support, or financial support, no guidance or knowledge on what the real world holds. At the age of 16, I completely took on the responsibilities of protecting, providing for, and supporting myself and my one-year-old son. At the age of 18, I emancipated out of the system. My fear of failure was my motivation. The most important strength that got me through it all was faith. In 2018, I entered a life-changing organization, The RightWay Foundation. I was struggling financially on probation and without a home for more than two years. This program is not just only for general helping purposes; this program has supported me with all of my pain, depression, excessive stress, and emotional breakdowns. I had one goal when I entered the program which was to obtain full-time employment. Over the years they have supported me beyond what I expected. I participated in many events and workshops, such as financial literacy, acting, internships, life skills workshops, mentoring, etc.The RightWay Foundation has demonstrated what a supportive family feels like. In August 2021, The RightWay Foundation moved me into my own apartment. One take away: No excuses! As I continue my walk of life.”
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