Room at the Table: Foster Care and Beyond
This SSW signature event will feature Jessica Rogers of "Connections to Independence" and a panel of youth sharing their experiences of aging-out of the foster care system
Date & Time:
5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN. McNeely Hall, MCH100.
Foster Care and Beyond: Voices of Young Adults Aging out of the Foster Care System
In support of the School of Social Work's 2014-2015 theme: Now is the Time for Justice for Children, Youth, and Families
Room at the Table 2014 will feature Jessica Rogers, Executive Director of “Connections to Independence,” a project that provides support and advocacy for foster care youth aged 15-21, “to promote a successful transition to living independently as they reach adulthood.”
Jessica will moderate a panel of youth (aged 18-24) sharing their experiences of aging-out of the foster care system.
4:45 pm: Registration opens
5:00 - 7:15 pm: Light Supper, Program and Q&A
Space may be limited (unfortunately, there is not unlimited "room at the table"), so registration is required.
Connections to Independence: http://www.c2iyouth.org/welcome-connections-independence
The Mission of Connections to Independence is to provide unique programming and advocacy for foster care youth, ages 15 - 21, to promote a successful transition to living independently as they reach adulthood.
- Connections to Independence (C2i) is a unique organization that provides services to connect permanent placement providers, community-based organizations and Counties in a formalized partnership to provide support for youth in foster care.
- Services are specifically designed to meet the County's goals for preparing youth for a healthy, balanced life as productive adults and citizens as they age out of the foster care system.
- C2i values are based on a healthy mind, body, and soul philosophy with service outcomes focused on five core competencies: Financial Literacy, Housing, Employment, Education and Personal Wellness.
- C2i services are individualized by meeting youth at their level and developing a comprehensive Independent Living Plan that encompasses the youth's dreams, goals, and aspirations for their life during and after foster care.
Jessica K. Rogers, Executive Director of Connections to Independence
Jessica brings a unique combination of corporate, non profit and independent consulting experience to Connections to Independence. She has positively impacted youth and families in Minneapolis through various community programs she has led over the last 15 years. Jessica is truly passionate about the mission and work of Connections to Independence because she is a product of foster care herself. Jessica is committed to creating a unique culture and environment for C2i youth and staff to feel like this is more than a place to come to work and participate in programming. It’s a safe place where all staff and youth are valued and considered part of a family. http://insightnews.com/news/10718-profiles-in-excellence-jessica-rogers