“Facts prove that, when foster youth are removed from an abusive environment their immediate physical safety improves; however the change can lead to a lack of educational attention. When youth are moved from place to place their personal identification information fails to follow them, creating an educational road block,” said Pamela Clay, Living Advantage executive director. “Verizon plays a very instrumental part in working with us to utilize technology and electronic devices as a basis for supporting foster youth. We greatly appreciate Verizon's continued support and trust in our innovative service to at-risk youth. We are looking forward to our collaboration with USC’s Joint Educational Project, Foshay Learning Center, and the USC Department of Psychology in implementing the Verizon Thinkfinity.org program within the USC Family of Schools.”
Verizon Thinkfinity.org is a free, comprehensive Web site containing more than 55,000 educational resources, including standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans, online educational games, videos and other materials provided in partnership with many of the nation’s leading educational organizations.
“Verizon is pleased to partner with Living Advantage to give foster youth a greater chance at educational success,” said Julia Cooksey, Verizon director of government and external affairs. “By implementing the Thinkfinity.org assessments, Read, Write, Think and Mathematic programs, students can follow through with their education even if they are removed from one home and placed into another across the city.”
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org)
About Living Advantage, Inc.
The vision of Living Advantage, Inc. is to support all foster youth transitioning into adulthood. The mission of Living Advantage, Inc. is to utilize innovative technology to reduce the dis-connect of services experienced by our Los Angeles County foster youth. Living Advantage Inc. offers continuous support services for foster youth to easily and securely access their personal identification information and to improve their education, career, health and independent living skills necessary for successful transition into independent adulthood. Living Advantage inspires and educates people about how to invest in the lives of our youth living in foster care, to raise money and bring awareness through live entertainment, online video streaming and social media. www.LivingAdvantageInc.org
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The mission of Living Advantage is to eliminate unemployment, homelessness and incarceration for youth in foster care living in Los Angeles County. We assist youth with locating and maintaining their vital life documents and family history.