ECMC Foundation Promotes Voice of Foster Youth Scholars in Wake of Coronavirus
The national funder reviewed and granted the nonprofit journalism organization Fostering Media Connections (FMC) $70,000 to lift up the voices of foster youth currently being displaced by COVID-19.
The majority of the grant, $45,000, will be used to make sure these young scholars' voices are heard through stories and other media published in FMC's national news site, The Chronicle of Social Change. Youth will be paid directly, ensuring that they not only contribute to solutions to the challenges they face, but also have a little extra cash on hand through this very difficult time.
"Consistent with our mission to improve educational outcomes, especially among students from underserved backgrounds, we are pleased to support Fostering Media Connections in this unique way," said Peter Taylor, president, ECMC Foundation. "This time of crisis calls for out-of-box ideas to help organizations like FMC scale up their support for youth in foster care."
The project will be led by Raquel Wilson, the manager of FMC's Youth Voice program. Youth Voice trains systems-involved youth to produce journalism and pays them for their work. Wilson experienced foster care herself, and benefited from Cal State Fresno's Renaissance Scholars Program on an educational journey that now includes two master's degrees.
"As a former foster youth, school was the only thing I felt no one could take away from me. Programs that advocate for foster youth and higher education are critical because many of us do not believe we can matriculate a university and actually graduate, because we have been told we wouldn't be able to do so," Wilson said. "I look forward to using my role to continue to advocate for foster youth and help them to pursue higher education through this opportunity from ECMC Foundation."
ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—
Fostering Media Connections (FMC) uses the power of media and journalism to lead the conversation about children, youth and families in America. FMC publishes The Chronicle of Social Change and Fostering Families Today. The Chronicle of Social Change is a daily news site dedicated to rigorous, in-depth journalism focused on families and the systems that impact their lives. Fostering Families Today is a magazine that educates and inspires the community of kinship, foster and adoptive families.