Chances are, you know of someone who’s graduating this month. Be it from high school or from college, having achieved the goal they set out to reach years ago, they stand at the start of life’s next adventure. What journey lies ahead? Growth, struggles, expanding points of view, challenges to … Continue reading
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
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
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
James is a regular kid in a tough situation. Due to various circumstances, James and his 3 siblings have been living in foster care in 3 separate placements. Adding to the upheaval, Mom’s custody rights were recently terminated. James: removed, without mom, uncertain. BUT this story has hope: · James … Continue reading
May is a month to reflect, from celebrations of the mothers we love to graduation ceremonies for the children we cherish. Concepts of deep honor close out May as we reflect on those who have sacrificed themselves for our very freedom in our national day of remembrance called Memorial Day. … Continue reading
Youth 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.
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond Announces Scrooges and Angels for 2015 Fostering Great Ideas was selected as a 2015 South Carolina Secretary of State “Angel”. The Secretary of State annually selects ten organizations that represent some of the most efficient and effective charities in South Carolina. It is … Continue reading
With these opening words, 90 people at the recent Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) conference in Nashville, TN, struggled for over an hour, leaving their comfort zones, as they collectively entered into foster care as a birth parent, a foster parent or a vulnerable child. The role play began light-hearted … Continue reading
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