Foster Youth Need Someone to Advocate For Them

Paige Evans
First Star

"Foster youth have a ton of potential and they just need someone who can advocate for them. It's shocking to me that despite all the resources our country has, we have this population of youth and children. They live under this veil of secrecy and have so much potential and need." - Paige Evans

Last year, we brought you the story of former foster youth, Lonnell and his journey through foster care and how far he’s come with the help of First Star. Now, hear from his dedicated mentor, Paige Evans and another young mentee on how mentoring can make all the difference.

Learn More About the Impact of Mentoring

One in three young people will grow up without a mentor. Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet many young people will grow up without this critical asset. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit our Get Involved page.

Why Not You?

January is National Mentoring Month. Volunteering as a mentor or becoming an informal mentor to a young person is a valuable step in igniting youths’ future and strengthening a community. It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can mentor at

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