Ventura County residents asked to help their youth in need

Former out-of-home youth's journey to the Navy Ball reminds VC Residents of the need for more families to step up and help
VENTURA, Calif. - May 31, 2023 - PRLog -- Approximately 20,000 youth age out of foster care every year and must be financially and emotionally self-sufficient by 18. Statistics show that within four years of aging out, 50% of these young adults will be unemployed, and experience homelessness. The transition to adulthood is a significant and challenging developmental phase of life for all young people, but for youth in out-of-home care it is particularly daunting. Government agencies can provide support and group homes, but a nurturing mentoring environment requires stable, loving families to open their homes and heart to local youth in out-of-home care.

"At Strengthening VC Families, we need compassionate help and homes for our youth and teens transitioning out of care," said Jaci Johnson from Strengthening VC Families. "Older youth need a responsible adult to mentor them, guide their decisions, and provide a safe environment so they can become self-sufficient adults. We encourage families to please give back to the youth in our community."

Johnny G., a 21-year-old who had been in out of home (foster care), has shared his experience and struggles in videos and interviews with SVCF for over five years. Throughout that time, he has talked about difficult situations that many youths face that can be helped by families who step up. "You can become a host home and support youth to have a place to lay your head at night…because not many youths have the support systems and family connections to be able to do that" said Johnny G. Strengthening VC Families (SVCF) works with several supportive programs for transitioning youth and teens. Their stories are often difficult but necessary to hear.

Support for youth doesn't need to end at 18, and in fact, Johnny was recently invited to the Navy Ball, a formal event requiring black-tie attire; he was thrilled. However, since he had never owned a suit, he worried about what to wear. Upon learning of his predicament, Stacy DeWitt from James Storehouse and Jaci Johnson from SVCF Children and Family Services immediately reached out to Jim, the owner of Stych, a local suit store that catered to celebrities. After hearing about Johnny's struggles, Jim felt compelled to help and offered to assist Johnny in finding the perfect suit for the occasion. Johnny looked dashing at the Navy Ball.

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