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Small Efforts Can Change A Life:
Okay, it’s time I walked the talk. Do politicians ever do that? Are we allowed? Um. Yes.
This week I gave away my favorite laptop to the Laptops for Foster Youth program we started with Facing Foster Care in Alaska a few years ago. They will work with the State to match that laptop with a foster youth or recent alumni pursuing college or success in the job market. Foster youth will do, well, what kids do with laptops. So far we have matched roughly 375 laptops with youth who used them to do their homework, keep up with the Kardashians, stay in touch with distant family members at a time their life is going through upheaval, and maybe store pictures of their favorite relative.
If you have a GOOD, FAST used laptop, a new one, an iPad that works well, or want to donate funds to Facing Foster Care, contact them at the number below. If you have a slow one, well, keep it or give it to someone you don’t like. Seriously, we want to treat foster youth like the first class citizens they are, and they will not use a laptop that requires a bird inside the machine to do typing, and internet molecule sending, with a stone.
And I’ll pull at your heartstrings one more time. This office has worked hard to expand opportunity for foster youth through legislation. We now have more college scholarships, job training scholarships, and housing help to avoid the plague of foster youth homelessness. Last year a young woman with a UA scholarship didn’t know she needed her own bedding for her dorm bed. She had no sheets, no pillowcase, no pillow, and no blanket. Facing Foster Care is also accepting donations to help pay for care packages for youth who they have identified like this young woman.
Below is the press release we issued, and Statewide Director of FFCA Amanda Metivier’s phone number. We’ve worked together on a lot of great legislation, and to start the laptop program. She does the hard work now.
Give her a call and make someone’s day. Shoot, get a tax deduction, as FFCA is a non-profit. If you want your heart tugged a little more, read our press release below.