Journey House's Mission
is to support former foster and probation youth to live fully independent, successful lives.
Founded in 1983, Journey House provides emotional support and guidance, as well as financial aid to help them with the cost of attending college and vocational schools.
Our goal is to create opportunities for advancement in education, economic stability, and a better quality of life for former foster youth.
A JOURNEY HOUSE ORIGINAL SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE
PREMIERING FRIDAY, JUNE 25 7PM PT
featuring stories written and performed by former foster youth
DJ Scotty B kicks off event with an original set!
Journey House is grateful for Scott Budnick's support in our first arts initiative. Scott is an American film producer, CEO and Founder of impact-focused film and television co-finance company One Community, and Founder and Board Member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC).
Since 2004, Budnick has been a fierce advocate for social justice and a fairer judicial system. In 2003, he began volunteering with InsideOUT Writers (IOW), a program that brings creative writing into juvenile halls. In 2014, Budnick founded ARC, whose mission is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and build healthier communities. ARC provides formerly incarcerated men and women with direct services such as housing, counseling, job training and opportunities, mentoring, and education. The organization also empowers and mobilizes its members to play a role in justice reform efforts through direct policy advocacy.
For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named Scott the 2012 California Governor's Volunteer of the Year. He sits on the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and was selected to serve as a Board Member for President Barack Obama's foundation, the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.
Former Foster Youth
Foster Youth Facts
percentage of foster care youth will become homeless upon turning 18
of foster youth graduate from
of foster youth who age out of the system will have gainful employment by the age of 24
of males in foster care have been arrested (compared to 17% of peers not in foster care)
DID YOU KNOW that a child in the foster care or probation state system, who cannot be reunified with his family or become adopted, remains in foster care until he or she ages out at 18 years old with the option to stay in foster care up to age 21? On the day of their “emancipation”, they are expected to be able to provide their own food, shelter, clothing, transportation, medical care, and college expenses with little additional assistance.
Profiles in Reslience
I was born in Mexico and came to California at age 8. I entered the foster care system as a teenager and lived in group homes until I was 18. I had no place to live after I emancipated from the foster care system so I entered into a transitional housing program called Youth Moving On (YMO) in Pasadena. I got a part-time job working in a warehouse, but realized I needed more education. I am proud to say that I received my Associated of Arts degree from Pasadena City College in June 2016. I graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a bachelor’s degree in 2018. My ultimate career goal is to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) working with families that need support and help once they find themselves involved with child protective agencies. After many years separated from my mother, our relationship has become closer and she was helpful to me while I attended school.
I heard of Journey House many years ago, but once I turned twenty four, I realized that I needed help to transfer from PCC to a university. Jorge was very helpful in getting me into Cal State Dominguez Hills. I also enjoy the Journey House social events and being around other former foster youth.
In Their Own Words
UCLA Sociology and Education Studies
Journey House has helped me on numerous occasions.They’re great at assuring me that we’re all figuring it out— and they’re there to help us. I am very, very, very (count the very’s) grateful I have Journey House to reach out to!
1232 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena · CA 91104 · United States