Beating the Odds
Beating the Odds: Maggie’s Story
Youth in the foster care system and those who have aged out of the system face a higher rate of negative life outcomes than their peers. They are more likely to become homeless, have higher rates of teen pregnancy and experience increased involvement in the juvenile justice system. A recent study stated that only 58% will graduate from high school by the age of 19 and fewer than 3% will earn a college degree.
The odds were not in her favor…
As a teenager in the foster care system, Maggie’s cards were stacked against her. She lacked motivation and the support of a trusted adult to encourage her aspirations. The absence of a stable foundation made her path to success seem out of reach.
“Being in the foster care system is really tough,” said Maggie. “It’s hard emotionally.”
Maggie’s life took a turn when she connected with us here at Omaha Home for Boys. This marked the beginning of a life-changing chapter for her, thanks to the guidance and support provided by her Independent Living Specialist at OHB.
Maggie’s journey to becoming an independent adult began with the basics – driver’s education, budgeting classes and resume writing. From there, she worked on saving for a car and eventually moved into her first apartment where her newfound independence flourished.
The educational support Maggie received at OHB was also a tremendous building block to help her reach her goals. She graduated from high school, and with encouragement from her Specialist, she applied for an OHB Scholarship. Receiving an OHB Scholarship marked a significant achievement on her educational journey.
Maggie acknowledges that without OHB and the scholarship she received, college would have been an unattainable dream. “It’s a big blessing on my end to have this scholarship. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to use it,” she expressed gratefully.
Today, as an independent adult, Maggie has beat the odds that so many former foster care youth succumb to.
“It makes me feel really blessed. I’ve had this amazing support system on my side since I started this program,” she shared. “They’ve helped throughout everything – high school, college, my homelessness. I wouldn’t be here where I’m at without it.”
Maggie is on track to graduate from college with her Criminal Justice degree in May and hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree after that.
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