Nothing Cool About Prison
Former gang member Sean "Dino" Johnson, who now works at a violence prevention organization, talks about how he turned his life around.
'I Just Didn't Have Anybody'
Misty Stenslie, director of Foster Care Alumni of America, was in foster care in eight different states and entered adulthood feeling alone and emotionally devastated. Connecting with other people who had been in care helps her gain a new sense of freedom and self-worth.
Keeping My Cool
When the author learns she is being moved to a new foster home simply for bureaucratic reasons, she throws a major tantrum (and a chair). Then she contacts her lawyer, and learns there's more power in communicating professionally than in going ballistic. [read more
Learn to Advocate
Sabrina lays out a six-step advocacy process that foster youth can use to stand up for their rights in the system.
Unlocking the Cage Door
Growing up, Lavell is abused by her father and her uncle. She summons the courage to report the abuse and finds a safer home.
Later she shares her experiences with a supportive therapist, which helps her begin to heal.
Stealing My Good Name
Chimore wants to have a good credit history because she's about to age out of foster care. Then she finds out that her identity has been stolen and
fraudulent credit card accounts opened in her name. Through persistence, she manages to clear up the problem.