This Promise youth enrolled in February of 2015 with a long history of foster care placements. After not living with his biological mother since the age of 1, he was returned to her home at the age of 17 and was doing relatively well with significant wrap-around services provided by the County.
All of this changed when he “aged-out” of children’s services. Almost immediately his grades at school dropped, his behavior at home often required police intervention, and he was often disruptive in the community.
His Second Chance…
His life took an upward turn when he enrolled in Promise. Through Promise, he received vocational guidance and counseling; help toward obtaining his Social Security card and State ID; support with the initial work toward getting a driver’s license; and taking steps toward a community work experience.
His mother was hesitant, worrying that his behavior would prevent any successful community placement. To address these concerns, Promise hired the same accountability coach that had been working with him when he was receiving wrap-around services, continued significant counseling with the family, and coordinated the services he received.
Involvement Leads to Success
In June of 2016 this Promise youth graduated from high school. After, he explored and applied to enter the Job Corps in Milwaukee where he’s participating in a 2-year program that will result in certifications in welding, material handling, and machine fabrication. He is still successfully involved in that program.
Wisconsin Promise is working for this family….