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Unicameral passes LB 853, creating Bridge to Independence program for young people aging out of foster care

Last week, the legislature voted 42-0 to pass LB 853. Known casually as the “LB 216 Cleanup Bill,” this bill was written to implement the Young Adult Voluntary Supports and Services Act that last year’s LB 216 required. Putting into

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Project Everlast youth testify on behalf of LB 853

Last year, LB 216 was adopted 44-2 by the Unicameral. This hard-won piece of legislation ensured that young people aging out of Nebraska’s foster care system would have a basic safety net of support as they transition into adulthood, in order to

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Project Everlast honored with Roots of Justice Award

Last Thursday, Nebraska Appleseed held its Good Apple Awards ceremony honoring, among others, Project Everlast for its role in helping LB 216, the Young Adult Voluntary Services and Supports Act, pass. Amy West, Child Welfare Policy Coordinator at Nebraska Appleseed

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The Resilience of Youth: Part III – Traci’s Story

It’s been 20 years since Traci aged out of foster care. And her story illustrates one universal truth. Support makes the difference. Supportive families mean the difference between school success and academic underachievement. Supportive relationships are the difference between recovering

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The Resilience of Youth – Part II: Akeeme’s story

When it comes to living through the grim statistics that face youth who age out of care, Akeeme has most of them covered. Two weeks before aging out, his plans for housing fell though. So he had to scramble for

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What adolescent brain research tells us about aging out of foster care

Gary Stangler, Executive Director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative sat down with us to discuss some of the recent research about the adolescent brain. It turns out – and this comes as no surprise to any parent of

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The voice of the Nebraska’s youth is loud and clear to senators

On Monday, March 25, youth from Project Everlast hosted a well attended luncheon for Nebraska state senators. This, in and of itself, isn’t extraordinary. Here’s what is. These young people worked all day Sunday to go through each of the

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