Greenville Women Grant Awarded to FGI

College grad

On May 9, 2017, Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic women’s organization, awarded Fostering Great Ideas (FGI) a $47,000 grant to fund a college success program at Greenville Tech for students from foster care. College Fellows will provide intensive academic and peer support for students coming from foster care into Greenville Tech. … Continue reading






United Way of Greenville County Awards Grant to FGI

Youth

On May 3, 2017, United Way of Greenville County awarded a three year grant to Fostering Great Ideas (FGI) to support FGI’s Life Support mentor program for youth in foster care. The support is financial and technical, with assistance on measurement analysis and partner development. Life Support began in 2012 … Continue reading






Brent & Bryson’s Story

Teenage brothers

Meet Brent, a 16-year old boy with autism. Meet his brother Bryson, a 14-year old with developmental delays. Two brothers, both victims of severe neglect early in life, now living in separate foster placements. The confusion and uncertainty of a broken family heightens Brent’s autistic tendencies. He frequently asks to … Continue reading






Why I Love My Mentor

Why I love my mentorYouth in foster care have special needs, as they can often feel their very identity is shattered. They live with families not their own and know that this is not a stable place. The anxiety is real and so we have provided these youth with volunteer mentors to talk with, to share with, to trust. Our mentors see each youth twice per month and commit to this relationship for the youth’s entire time in foster care (and after foster care).

We asked the youth to write down “The #1 thing I want to say about my mentor is this:” The responses were frank, humbling, and show the incredible value of this relationship.

Growing Pains and Making Gains

Our mentors tell it best: through our Life Support program, we are helping youth to navigate the tough challenges life has thrown at them… “We began our mentor/mentee relationship from the start, with dinner two years ago. The 19 year old “boy” that I met had been in some form … Continue reading