Former foster youth (FFY) have some of the most abysmal outcomes of any population. According to the National
Foster Youth Institute (NFYI), after reaching age 18, 20% of FFY will become instantly homeless.
Fred Finch Youth & Family Services’ Rising Oaks is a transitional housing program that hopes to change these numbers, offering 30 studio apartments on the Oakland campus for up to 24 months for FFY who have one or more special needs, such as a mental/physical disability, previous physical abuse, or substance abuse. In addition
to the studio apartment, Fred Finch provides supportive services like life skills training, financial management, and individual and family therapy, helping these FFY learn the skills they’ll need to launch successfully into adulthood.
Aaron is a resident of Rising Oaks and after graduating this spring has enrolled as a Freshman at USF. But this stability and optimism is newfound; a former foster youth, Aaron found himself living in group homes and shelters after spending time in a juvenile detention center.
Rising Oaks has given Aaron his own apartment, and
support in getting his life on track. Brilliant and sunny,
Aaron achieved a 3.5 GPA in high school and completed Advanced Placement classes. Passionate about journalism and the arts, Aaron works part time for Oakland’s YR (Youth Radio) Media.