Our First Year Was A Success

 



The NOW (Navigate, Opportunity, Worth) program launched in March 2018 to serve foster youth in Northern Virginia communities. The purpose of this program is to support and encourage participants to complete their high school education and to consider and pursue post-secondary education (college, technology, or trade schools). This year-round program provides foster youth with courses in careers and skills, career mentorship once a participant has identified a chosen profession/career, and personal mentorship to assist participants in setting personal and career goals in order to ensure a successful transition into adult life and independence.

The long-term outcome for the program is for each participant to complete their post-secondary education (college, technology, or trade school) with a career path.

 
 


2018 Program Outcomes

 

Participants’ ages

Percentage of youth who participated in the program from March to December

Participants returning in 2019

Youths who graduated high school in 2018

Participants who graduated high school in 2018 and enrolled in college

Total program hours, excluding mentorship and 1-to-1 meetings (March to December)

Total mentorship hours with participants who do not want to pursue post-secondary education

Total mentorship hours with participants who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education

Number of careers/professions introduced in the program. For example, social media marketing, general contracting, and event planning.

Number of hours focused on introducing and/or improving personal and career-focused skills. For example, skills on social/communication, interviewing, and job search.

Total 1-to-1 meeting hours with participants to set short-term goals

 

16-20

72%


85%

2

2


50


18


9


11



29




22

 


Career/Profession Mentorship

Participants who have identified a chosen profession/career and will work with a mentor from that profession in 2019

 

8

(Electrician, Medical Research, IT, Attorney, Social Worker, Preschool Teacher, Fashion Design/Consulting, Kindergarten Teacher)

 


Volunteering Organizations

We would like to thank the organizations that supported us in 2018 with our mission by either speaking, mentoring, or providing job shadowing opportunities for our foster youth.


ARJ Productions

Best Impressions Inc.

Children's National Health Center

Clarus Merchant Services

Creative Financial Staffing

Custom Ink

DJ Sarah Myers

Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts

Fairfax Academy Professional TV Production

Interactive Strategies

MTI Inc.

Office of Career Services, George Mason University

Orion Home Improvements

Peter Bergen - Comic & Actor

Rob Hartman, LLC

Shelly Han Photography

Sheraton Pentagon City

Starbucks

Stephen Campbell

The Office of the Public Defender for Arlington and Falls Church

Theodore Electrical Service