An RJLF Fellow is a young adult in, exiting, or who has aged out of foster care who has been awarded an individualized fellowship by exhibiting a proven interest in furthering his/her education and/or career. Meet some of our current Fellows.
NOTE: Nicknames are used in order to protect the privacy of our Fellows.
Fellows currently working with RJLF
Patricia was referred to RJLF from a local youth agency. Patricia is a 23 year old, part-time student at a Community College. She attended a four year school for three semesters. Due to personal, financial, and housing issues, and no family or support to help her during this difficult time, she was unable to complete her studies. Currently employed 30 hours a week as a teacher’s aide, she continues to work toward her goal of graduating from a four year college, and pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. RJLF has provided Patricia with a Mentor and financial counseling.
Needs: Education scholarship, Transportation scholarship, Part-time employment more closely aligned with her career interest in health care, college counseling.
Donate to Patricia’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm
Alice was referred to RJLF from a local youth agency. She is a strong and capable 22 year old mom, with a great work ethic who is currently a part time student at a Community College. She is on track to graduate with an Associate’s degree in the spring of 2015, and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the healthcare field. RJLF has been able to deliver support for this positive, ambitious young woman by providing college and career planning, and basic necessities for her daughter through community partner One Simple Wish. Mentorship is pending.
Needs: Mentor, Education Scholarship, Transportation scholarship
Donate to Alice’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm
Bridget was referred to RJLF from a local youth agency. She is very successful, despite the demands of being a 21 year old mom. She is a part time student at a four year school, with the goal of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Bridget is a very hard worker not only in school, but also at her internship obtained through RJLF with a local health care communication company. Furthermore, she is a part time nurse’s aid. Recently, RJLF matched her with a Mentor. RJLF has also provided Bridget with tutoring to help with her business classes, career and college counseling, an RJLF Education Scholarship, and interview attire. A laptop was supplied through RJLF’s community partner One Simple Wish.
Needs: Ongoing Education Scholarship
Donate to Bridget’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm
Theresa was referred by a local youth agency. She is a single Mom, providing for her young four year old child. Theresa is a part time student at a Community College. Possessing an incredible work ethic, she is balancing two jobs, her role as a mom, and primary caregiver for her child, as well as going to college. She is working to achieve her goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in nursing, or work in the court system. RJLF has provided financial and career counseling for Theresa, and necessities for her four-year old son through community partner One Simple Wish.
Needs: Mentor, college counseling, Education scholarship, Transportation Scholarship
Donate to Theresa’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm
Jimmy was referred by a local youth agency. Jeffrey is an ambitious 20 year old who works part time while attending a Community County College. He is on the path to graduate with an Associate’s degree in the fall of 2015. After college, he plans to continue his education earning a bachelor’s degree in the Audio/Visual field and pursue a career in the music industry. RJLF has provided financial counseling as well as a Mentor for Jeffrey.
Needs: Education Scholarship, Transportation Scholarship
Donate to Jimmy’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm
Tracey was referred by a local youth agency. She is a bright and hardworking young woman who graduated from college at the age of 21. Currently she is pursuing a career that will bring her full independence and self-sufficiency, while engaging her passion for civil rights law, education and policy. RJLF supported Tracey through her college years as a Fellow. She recently reached out to us again for assistance, and is working with a RJLF Mentor. She obtained a new laptop through our Community Partner One Simple Wish.
Needs: Career counseling/mentoring, computer, interview attire.
Donate to Tracey’s needs here: http://goo.gl/l0CTTm