In keeping with the Children’s Harbor mission of providing independent life skills and job assistance for foster care youth that age out of the system, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosted a special career event for 20 transitioning foster care youth ages 18 to 21. The success rate of teens who age out of the foster care system is staggering. Only 30% of foster youth who graduate with a high school diploma will enroll in post-secondary education and only one in two foster care children who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 21.
At the special career event, representatives from Bluewater Marine, Resolve Marine and Goltens Miami introduced marine career opportunities to the young adults. Additionally, students participated in a hands-on fire extinguisher demonstration learning the ins and outs of using a fire extinguisher. Established in 1996, Children’s Harbor is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to provide a safe harbor and support to at risk children, youth, and families, keeping brothers and sisters together, strengthening families, and rebuilding lives. Children’s Harbor provides nurturing, family group homes for 24 siblings and 7 pregnant/parenting teens in the foster care system on a beautiful eight-acre campus in Pembroke Pines. These loving homes allow brothers and sisters and teen mothers and their babies to stay together during a turbulent time in their young lives. Children’s Harbor also helps prevent child abuse through our Family Strengthening Program. Each year, 200 families across Broward County receive in-home counseling to improve parenting and communication skills. Brown’s Harbor is the result of a collaborative partnership with the Selfless Love Foundation. Browns Harbor is a supportive housing community that offers on-site staff, training, and wrap-around support services for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, ages 18-23, helping to bridge the gap from dependence to independence.