StopGap Inc – Helping Young People Aging Out Of Foster Care Survive and Thrive
Host Allie Catherine Bush talks with Justine Burton, CEO/Founder of StopGap Incorporated of Lawrence Kansas. They are a grassroots non-profit organization working for youth that age-out of foster care and other at-risk youth.
Their Mission is to empower youth aging-out of foster care and at-risk youth in attaining ownership of their lives by providing them with a foundation of life skills to transition from dependence to independence and compete in society.
The basic life skills offered to most youth as they approach the end of their length of stay in foster care is just what it states: “Basic.” In most cases it is delivered to groups of youth lumped together based on their geographical location, age or what the contracted person feels would be a good mix. Consequently, little attention is given to the educational, emotional, health and behavioral concerns of neither youth’s, nor their risk factors.
Fortunately, there are resources and opportunities available for youth after they leave the foster care system. Yet, there is a deficiency for the basic skills and understanding needed to survive on their own. Unfortunately, some do not have the knowledge or the desire to access this information. While foster care can be of assistance in many cases, it is by no means a cure-all.
What StopGap Inc offers is an eight week program with interactive workshops to give youth a hands-on experience with knowledge of nutrition, housing, budgeting, financial planning, employment prep., and we provide information from the Douglas County Health Dept on sexual and physical education, and Licensed therapist on mental health issues; through the Willow Domestic Violence Center we offer the SAFE Prevention program and Anti Sex-Trafficking, and GED/high school education, vocational, and higher educational goals which will help them attain independence.
Additionally, the outreach program activities will be taught by instructors who are caring, compassionate, and supportive individuals who are knowledgeable in each area of the subject matter.
From The Archives – Equal Justice Initiative – Defending Juvenile Offenders
We replay an interview from September 8, 2014 –
Host Craig Lubow will talk with Attorney Charlotte Morrison of the Equal Justice Initiative about how the Justice System treats Juveniles. Do they always have their rights observed? Has Super Predator paranoia created an unjust system?
Charlotte Morrison, Senior Attorney, has been with EJI since 2001. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is a former Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Philosophy from Oxford University and the University of Montana, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 2000.
The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. They litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.
EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.