…to enable children to realize their potential by providing them with a stable environment and enriched life experiences.
All youth need support as they transition from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. Such support comes from a variety of sources - healthy families, safe neighborhoods, quality schools and community-based programs. All these elements play a crucial role in helping young people acquire the attitude and competencies needed to build healthy relationships and constructive, productive adult lives.
Unfortunately as a result of abuse, neglect, or other circumstances, not all young people have the support of a strong family or extended network to navigate the complexities of life. Youth growing up in the care of the child protection system, for example, “age out” at 18 and are then expected to go out into the world on their own. Given that system's often fragmented and transitional nature, most former foster youth have had little opportunity to develop lasting adult relationships or to participate in programs encouraging their progress toward self-sufficiency. Through its youth grantmaking, The Angell Foundation prioritizes funding for programs that support young adults in their transition from the foster care system to independence.
To combat the poor outcomes associated with youth leaving foster care, the Foundation funds programs designed to ensure that youth have access to the support they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Funded programs include independent living and transitional housing; educational and vocational training; mentorship and