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In the Spirit of the Children (ITSOC)

Award Recipients - 2007

E.P. Jones, Founder & Director

www.spiritofthechildren.org

In the Spirit of the Children (ITSOC) is a community organization dedicated to young people who have lived in New York City’s foster care system.  Its mission is to successfully transition youth who have aged out of the foster care system into adulthood and to prevent them from becoming or remaining homeless.  Each year, the City discharges youth living in foster care to uncertain futures without adequate support or preparation.

ITSOC assists youth exiting foster care to live independently or reunite with their biological family.  It seeks to stabilize families in crisis and move toward self-reliance.  Services include housing and educational assistance, employment preparation, and medical referrals.  Participants also attend monthly group sessions to discuss relevant issues that affect their lives and develop a support system. By providing a safe environment, ITSOC encourages foster care youth to build community among themselves.

 


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