"My advice is to get involved with Year Up or a program like it."


“The key is to be positive and do positive things ... It’s hard at the beginning, but if you have people trying to help you and show you tools … then it’s worth a try and you won’t regret it.”


We spoke with Jim via email in June 2014.


We spoke with Angel by phone on May 4, 2011.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Angel: I am 22 years old now and will be 23 in June. I grew up in the foster care system. I was in and out as far back as I can remember. My mom passed away when I was 13. Shortly after that I moved in with the family I am with now. They adopted me at the age of 16.


We spoke with Jaylynn via email in September 2012.