Get to know just a few of the thousands of Texas youth from foster care that have received ETV benefits:
As a youth who spent time in foster care, Gypsy was eligible for ETV. With the help of ETV, Gypsy takes classes at both San Antonio College and the University of Texas at San Antonio to maintain full-time status. She is on track to earn her degree in 2020, and envisions a career as a therapist, criminal psychologist, or member of the FBI.
Through the support of her foster family and BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene PAL case manager, Alexandra, Cassie did not let the college admissions overwhelm her. Cassie was accepted into three colleges all of which offered scholarships.
Only half the youth who have been in foster care will earn a high school diploma, and only 20 percent of high school graduates will attend college. When Leroy earns his bachelor’s degree, he will be part of the less than 10 percent of youth from foster care who achieve college graduation.
Savannah’s life growing up was not typical of most children, as she is one of nine children, she grew up familiar with Child Protective Services (CPS). She learned of BCFS Health and Human Services- Kerrville from a friend, and immediately felt welcomed by the place she had come for assistance.
Since high school, I knew that college was a necessity, and something that would improve my life forever. I signed up for student groups that prepared me for college so I wasn’t afraid. Being a foster child means I qualified for BCFS Health and Human Services’ Education Training Voucher (ETV) program – a huge blessing.
Toby Schwerin joined BCFS Health and Human Services’ Preparation for Adult Living program when she was 16 years old. The program help her learn skills for life after foster care, like personal finance, healthy self-esteem and job readiness.
With a laser-sharp focus on her education, and a network of inspirational teachers, and BCFS’ programs in place to support her, Lisa began “trucking forward” – toward college. She always knew school would be important to her, and even at a young age she excelled in her classes.
Chris Ramsey was angry at the world, recalling the moment in his life when his life was at a breaking point. Ramsey was soon introduced to the BCFS Health and Human Service-Kerrville transition center, where his life would soon turn around for the good.
BCFS HHS’ “Our House” is a transitional living home for young men struggling with homelessness in Abilene, Texas region, when nationally there are few or no shelters in rural communities. Chase was a good fit for Our House and was quickly able to capitalize on its direct pipeline into critical wraparound services.
After aging out of foster care, Tyler sought out services provided by BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville with assistance to stay drug-free, a warm place to call home, and job to keep him stable.
The transformation stories of Sarah and Michael beautifully express the impact of the BCFS Kerrville Transition Center on Hill Country youth. Both of them found respite, encouragement and new opportunities at the BCFS Kerrville Transition Center.
By the time Lakya Lewis aged out of the foster care system, she had lived in ten different foster homes. At 16 years old, she came to BCFS Health and Human Services in Lubbock, nearly a decade after completing PAL classes at BCFS Health and Human Services, Lakya reflects back on lessons learned.
Before I came to the BCFS-Kerrville Transition Center, I didn’t have any understanding or knowledge of all the benefits that I am entitled to as a foster youth. All that I have accomplished would not be possible if BCFS HHS didn’t help me.