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Serving Youth & Families Since 1880

Spotlight On Foster Care From The Inside

Spotlight On Foster Care

663Christopher WinstonThree Rivers Youth continuously benefits from the participation of people with firsthand experience and close personal ties to the child welfare system. Recently, a group of Three Rivers Youth volunteers, interns, and staff members reflected on their own experiences with the harsh realities of the city streets and the child welfare system’s role in helping vulnerable children and youth move from the shadows to a brighter future. 

From Sept 30 to Oct 4, 2103, we will shine a Spotlight on experiences and perspectives of five survivors of foster care, kinship care, and adoption. The series will illuminate some of the trials and tribulations of youth in the child welfare system, the signigicant role of family unification, acts of support and kindness, and the value of giving back. 

Cortez is a proud Clarion University student who strives to become a successful business man. Growing up as a troubled youth in the foster care system, Cortez struggled to find meaning and value in life. Guided by a team of youth workers throughout his youth, Cortez was able to create a new vision and focus for himself. Cortez seized the opportunity to intern at Three Rivers Youth last summer to be a part of the change in the lives of other foster youth. 

Kayla is a college graduate who dreams of one day becoming a nurse. She works as an intern at Three Rivers Youth, providing vital administrative support in the areas of human resources, fiscal management, and communications. She is very passionate about helping others in need and looks up to her grandmother and older sister who cared for her and her siblings throughout their time in the child welfare system. 

Shanice is a student at Slippery Rock State University. She is an avid reader along with superb organization and communication skills. She strongly believes in giving foster children the support and understanding they need and works hard to be shining example of success. She is currently pursuing a degree in social work. 

Joseph provides IT services for the entire Three Rivers Youth organization, comprising six sites in Allegheny and Washington counties. He also finds time to provide front line support to Three Rivers Youth’s group home for male youth, located in Mt. Lebanon. 

Chris is an intern at Three Rivers Youth who is a skilled visual artist and video editor. Chris was introduced to Three Rivers Youth through the Bridge Program, which helps young adults find work, finish high school or acquire a GED, and plan future goals such as college. After his time in kinship care, Chris decided to return to his hometown of Pittsburgh to pursue his dreams of going to college and earning a degree in graphic design.

For information on how to become a volunteer or donate services to Three Rivers Youth, contact:
Charlene Hill-Coleman, Director of Human Resources
Three Rivers Youth