The teenage years can be difficult, especially for youth in foster care. Living with a high risk of abuse or neglect, facing a transitory living situation, and dealing with the stigmas of being in foster care produces a highly volatile combination of risks and vulnerabilities. The net effect can be devastating, exemplified by the fact that two to four years after aging out of foster care, only 50 percent of youth have completed high school or a GED and only 6% graduate from even a community college.
In 2009, The Possibility Project initiated a new program for youth living in foster care address their challenges and strengthen their chances for the successful transition to adulthood. The program engages 20-25 youth from foster care agencies across New York City each year who meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Any teenager in care (15-20 years old) is welcome to audition.
By focusing on important social/emotional learning—rather than the more pragmatic areas that the foster care system focuses on—our Foster Care Program improves our youth’s chances to become successful, interdependent adults and increase the well-being of our communities.
Auditions for the Foster Care Program take place in March each year.
Rehearsals begin in the first week of April and continue through the end of November each year.