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