Foster youth aging out of the system seek job training

Foster youth aging out of the system seek job training

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  Fostering Success is an internship program for Kentucky Youth aging out of the foster system. This summer In Louisville ten students interned with the Cabinet for Health and Family Service.

In its second year none of the internships have turned into full employment but this summer's participants say change is coming once they graduate from college.

"I want to make the biggest change that I can," Cynthis Schepers said

Summer internships are ending at the L&N Building. Desire for change is motivating a group of young interns.

"I didn't have so great of an experience in foster care so I want to be a part of that," Jason Schepers said.

Schepers is a part of the state funded summer employment initiative, Fostering Success. The program serves foster youth between the ages of 17 and 23.

"As a kid, it is pretty scary sitting and saying stuff in front of judges," Brown said.

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Since the age of eight, Athenia Brown has been in foster care. Now 19, the UofL sophomore spent her summer shadowing social workers and participating in court hearings, all tied in with her study of criminal justice.

"I think it's important that the kids speak to the judge privately," Brown said.

"These young people have experience with foster care so you think in terms of the future these might be our future social workers," Kenny Ingram said.

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Ingram is an independent living coordinator and helps those over the age of 18 transition out of state care. As the 10-week internship wraps up there are still unknowns but for now participants feel accomplished.

"it has also been wonderful for me because I don't think I would have every learned how to live independently," Brown said.

"I am really proud of myself," Schepers said.

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