About Us

Our Mission

HerShe keeps abused and neglected girls in foster care — often at-risk after emancipation with no home or family — from homelessness, incarceration, unwanted pregnancy, and unemployment by preparing them to successfully transition into adulthood.

HerShe Las Vegas, Incorporated provides supportive housing for former foster youth and prepares them to successfully transition into adulthood by creating and maintaining a supportive sanctuary or trauma-sensitive environment that facilitates movement towards healing, growth and change.

The Problem

Children in foster care endure numerous traumatic experiences. These experiences may include the trauma that caused their removal from the home due to abuse or neglect, the trauma of separation from their families, and the potential trauma involved with numerous removals and placements in foster care. It is not surprising that over 21% of former foster youth suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a staggering rate that is higher than that of U.S. war veterans.

The needs of girls in foster care are extensive, an d the experiences they bring to the system (or confront within it) as well as the forecasts for their futures are stark. One out of two girls in foster care has been physic ally and/or sexually abused, and the typically numerous transfers within the system – from school to school and neighborhood to neighborhood – destabilize youth to a degree that can halt academic and social development. Not surprisingly, their older peers – upon aging out of the system – have stepped into dismal realities. As studies indicate, within one year of emancipation, 70% of foster youth become homeless and 60% are incarcerated. Unemployment (and a lack of job-preparedness) is often directly related to these outcomes, as are the low rates of educational attainment: only 10% of foster youth enter college, and of those, only 1% are likely to graduate.

The Solution

Hence, after emancipation, their economic security is challenged by the fact that without programs like HerShe, foster youth will simply go from the foster care system to the welfare system or the judicial system . By offering supportive housing and a variety of programs (mentoring, workforce training, mental health, youth development, health & wellness, performing arts), a s well as love, faith, and a support system, we have assisted hundreds of girls in foster care to transition successfully. The transition to adulthood is complete when youth are on educational and career trajectories that lead to a living and sustainable wage.

The Impact

Since HerShe began in 2001, HerShe has witnessed so me amazing growth among our girls. We’ve been by their sides as they’ve overcome academic challenges, as they’ve tapped a creative gift they didn’t realize they had, and as they’ve revealed their leadership skills by helping a peer.

We’ve cheered them on as they’ve decided to pursue higher education and have gone on to be accepted at some of our leading colleges and universities. Every girl’s story is different, and the road to success is timed differently for each of them. Still, however, we are able to consistently achieve the following outcomes, which are often exceeded:

  • Within one year, no fewer than 80% of our participants show evidence of positive youth development, defined as the 5 C’s;
  • 80% of our participants show an increased GPA, improved study skills and knowledge of higher education;
  • No fewer than 90% of our girls demonstrate an expanded worldview due to exposure to extraordinary and normalizing experiences;
  • No fewer than 75% of Cinderella Camp participants emerge from that experience with increased self-esteem, competence, self-control, spiritual development, social development, and a sense of belonging;
  • Seven out of ten achieve at least one level of education beyond high school;
  • Nine out of ten stay out of the criminal system;
  • Eight out of ten remain childless at 21 years of age; and
  • Eight out of ten are employed making a sustainable wage.

Our Expectation

By age 21, we expect 80% of our girls will have transitioned successfully and will have met all of the HerShe E Standards listed below:

  1. Education – obtain at least one level higher than a high school diploma;
  2. Emotional Competence – remove emotional barriers of anger, resentment, depression and low self-esteem and able to maintain healthy relationships with peers & adults;
  3. Exposure – regularly exposes oneself to several activities per month;
  4. Earning – has the ability to earn a living wage
  5. Essentials – can take care of oneself and make adequate choices regarding food, shelter, and healthcare;
  6. Expression – actively participates in creative projects;
  7. Etiquette – able to be socially accepted in a variety of environments.

 

 

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