Project Everlast youth gather at the capital to make their voices heard.
Among the 6,300 kids in Nebraska’s foster care system every year, the long-term prospects aren’t good. Each year, 260 young people age out of the foster care system. That means that at age 19, they may be cut off from the array of foster care support and services provided by the state, and sent to figure out life on their own. Youth aging out of foster care without guardianship or permanency face joblessness, homelessness, persistent mental health issues, unintended pregnancy and a myriad of other challenges.
Project Everlast and Camp Catch Up are unique, youth-led initiatives to help youth build stronger connections with peers and caring adults, advocate on behalf of youth in foster care, and connect with vital resources in the community while becoming independent adults.
Want to know more about our work on behalf of young adults/youth with foster care experience?
Richard: A PALS case study
Making Birthdays Special for Youth in Foster Care
WIN Acceptance Speech
Women Investing in Nebraska select Project Everlast to receive grant
Nikiea: A PALS case study
Unique: A PALS case study
PEER 2013: Recap of annual Project Everlast Enrichment Retreat
PEER 2013: The Movie
Camp Catch-Up volunteer recruitment video
Omaha PALS case study
PALS program success in Omaha
Heartland Family Services success story
Two sisters: One great weekend at Camp Catch-Up
Nebraska is part of the national foster care conversation
Resilience of youth Part I: Kris and Tay’s Story
Resilience of youth Part II: Akeeme’s story
Resilience of youth Part III: Traci’s story
Success Beyond 18: A national campaign
My Weekend at Camp
Developing Social Capital: The Key to a Successful Transition to Adulthood
What Adolescent Brain Research Tells Us About Aging Out of Foster Care
The Cost of Aging Out
Project Everlast Youth make their voice clear to state senators
Save State Money: Extend Support for Foster Youth Until Age 21
Project Everlast Lincoln: The Power of Getting Everyone in the Same Room