Our Minds Our Voices Sistas of Promise 2023 Fundraiser/Raffle
The Our Minds Our Voices Sistas of Promise 2023 Fundraiser/Raffle is in full swing. The purpose of the campaign is to provide scholarships to young women aging out of Foster Care System. Sisters of Promise supporters help a growing network of young women between the ages of 18-21 that are aging out of foster care.
More than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year after reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
Only 1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.
7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21. The percentage of children who age out of the foster care system and still suffer from the direct effects of PTSD: 25%.
8% of the total child population of the United States is represented by reports of abuse that are given to authorities in the United States annually.
Thank you for your contribution, no amount is too large or too small.
Sistas of Promise
Sistas of Promise (SOP) an initiative under the umbrella of Our Minds Our Voices (OMOV), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service.
OMOV and SOP are coordinated entirely by a community of women in business, education, philanthropy, activism and girls' work, who hold deep roots in women empowerment an a legacy of entreprenuership.
OMOV Board of Directors makes the plight of females “aging out” of foster care a priority and works to change how young women are viewed and supported through their journey into adulthood after being in foster care. Spearheaded by women for girls, we are shaping our own destiny....changing the future of disenfranchised girls, families and society.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set her free.
Approximately 24,000 American teenagers in foster care turn 18 years old each year. At this age, they are expected to move out and start their lives on their own. Many still in high school, these teens find themselves in need of jobs, a place to live, and a means of transportation to survive.
Without the love and support of a family to fall back on, many teens who aged out of foster care find themselves struggling to succeed on their own.
· Unstable housing or homelessness.
· Justice system involvement.
· Lack of access to health care.
· Lack of employment and job training.
· Lack of adequate elementary and secondary education.
· Problems with physical health, behavioral health, and general well-being.
Our primary focus is personal growth and sustainability for females 18– 21 aging out of foster care. Personal growth and development is a transformational process, in which improvements are made in your physical, emotional, intellectual, professional, social, and/or financial state.
Sistas are encouraged to make five promises to themselves,
that often hinder women’s success:
· Use your voice wisely,
· Have a healthy presence,
· Craft your own narrative,
· Seize upon secure and stable opportunities, and
· Make use of internal and external resources.
The SOP cohort is anchored in the five SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and within a Time Frame.
Our deliverables are:
Social, Economic, and Physical Well-being Vignettes,
Access to Workforce Preparedness, Behavioral Health Services, Affordable Housing,
The Annual “Our Mind Our Voices” Awards Event.