We know there are problems that seem impossible to solve. We experience those problems every day, but we don’t let that stop us. We raise our hand and we fight. We fight for youth formerly in foster care like Alisha*, and take steps to ensure we are moving forward, together.
When Alisha thinks about her years spent in the child welfare system, she says the instability and struggle tore down her life as she knew it.
Children placed in foster care, like Alisha, have less control over their lives than other children their age, and that lack of control causes continual insecurity. Alisha didn’t know how long she would be in a particular foster home or where she would be going to school from month to month, year to year.
Now a young adult, Alisha is rebuilding her life. Thanks to Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program, she is now studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
“I hope to live my dream of becoming a lawyer for foster care or adoptive children; I want to be a great voice and advocate for those who need help creating a dream of their own,” said Alisha.
*Name has been changed for privacy