The AOK Scholars program recognizes that young adults who turn 18 while in foster care deserve the same educational opportunities as their peers. AOK Scholarships are awarded to those currently or formerly in foster care who display academic promise and motivation to complete a post-secondary program (two or four-year college or a vocational training program leading to a credential), but require assistance to mitigate barriers related to basic necessities, academics and personal development.

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The Legacy Mentor Program pairs teens ages 18 and under with a positive role model in the community. These mentors come from many walks of life, some of them having little to no experience within the foster care system, and others giving back after spending years in foster care themselves.

Mentors do not serve the same role as a case manager or foster/adoptive parent. They have a unique role as a supporter with an outside perspective. As is proven time and again, a mentor’s simple willingness to spend time with and listen to our youth with a compassionate heart often provides the stability and acceptance most needed by our kids.

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The independence that comes with learning to drive is seen by many teens as a rite of passage; however, there are many barriers youth in foster care must overcome before they can reach this goal. Limited discretionary income, lack of access to a vehicle to practice on, and independently obtaining insurance are just a few of the factors that make obtaining a driver’s license seem like a far off dream.

The Keys to Independence program, which is managed statewide by Embrace Families, is a first-of-its-kind program designed to lower these barriers. This program reimburses youth and their caregivers for the costs associated with driver’s education, standard fees and other costs related to getting a driver’s license, as well as motor vehicle insurance.

Learn more about how to apply to this program at www.keystoindependencefl.org.

Learn more about the Vehicle Loan Risk Pool established to assist youth who have been in the foster care system in obtaining auto loans by clicking here.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) predicts that, by the end of this decade, 80% of U.S. jobs will require some level of math, science, or technology skill. Embrace Families is working to prepare teens and young adults in foster care for these jobs through the High School High Tech (HSHT) program, in partnership with The Able Trust.

HSHT encourages high school students in foster care to explore careers in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Our ultimate goal for our kids is that they have the same opportunities for long term success and advancement as their peers. Through the Embrace Families Career Builder program we work to introduce working age young adults in the foster care system to a variety of career options, and to open doors to help them achieve their career goals.

Through a partnership with Career Source Central Florida, we facilitate paid summer internships and apprenticeships for our youth in targeted fields, particularly the skilled trade industries. In addition, a dedicated career advocate, funded by Career Source, works year round to help with job placement for youth who have finished high school or have achieved their GED.

For more information about this program, please email youthservices@embracefamilies.org