We Support Youth Transitioning from
Foster Care to Independence

1 in 2
don't finish high school

By the age of 19, 47% of Texas foster youth haven't finished high school or earned a GED. By 21, 27% still haven't finished. Seventy percent of aged out youth aspire to attend college, but only 2% of Texas former foster youth earn a college degree.

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1 in 3
experience homelessness

More than one-third of youth who age out will experience homelessness by the time they are 26. More than 50% of the homeless population has experience with foster care. One in three homeless teens are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.

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1 in 4
experience incarceration

By the age of 21, 30% of foster youth have criminal justice involvement and 25% experience incarceration. In one study, by age 26, more than 50% of young women and 80% of young men had been arrested.

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Our Programs

We support youth through a three-pronged approach.

One-to-One Mentoring

Each participating youth will be teamed up with a trained and caring adult. Not only will they focus on building a relationship and having fun together, but they will also work toward the youth's goals and help establish a foundation for a successful future.

Resource Connections

Our Resource Coordinators will connect each youth to resources in our community to ensure their needs are met for housing, education, jobs, and more.

Life Skills & Recreation

Youth will learn hands-on life skills with their mentor and in a small group setting. They'll also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational and social events.

get involved

Mentor

Work one-to-one with a youth to help them build the developmental assets they need to thrive in adulthood.

Volunteer

Our volunteers are absolutely critical to our mission. There are a number of different ways you can be involved.

Give

Make a one-time donation or set up monthly gifts. Our generous donors make these programs possible.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

James 1:27 (HCSB)

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Psalm 82:3 (NIV)

OUR VISION

Our vision is a community where all youth transitioning from foster care to independence in North Texas are:

  • connected to caring adults who support them,
  • living in a safe place,
  • motivated to achieve their goals (and believe they’re capable of achieving them),
  • earnestly pursuing an education or training that will set them up for future success,
  • secure in who they are and where they've been, and
  • mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy.

OUR MISSION

To turn that vision into reality, we will:

  • connect youth ages 14-24 who have experienced foster care with supportive adults who have been trained as strengths-based, trauma-informed mentors.
  • meet the physical, educational, and financial needs of the youth by connecting them to resources in the community.
  • introduce youth to new educational and recreational opportunities where they can learn and practice vital life skills with an emphasis on self-advocacy.

OUR VALUES

Our core values are summarized in the following statements:

  • We demonstrate the love of Christ to youth in all of our actions.
  • We are trustworthy and responsible.
  • We act with compassion and integrity.
  • We promote the welfare and safety of youth.
  • We promote justice for youth.
  • We honor youths' voices in designing and delivering our services.
  • We respect the rights, dignity, and intrinsic worth of youth.

From the Blog

Joy Miller WAY Alliance Foster Care Aging Out

WAY Alliance Featured in the Post-Signal

WAY Alliance and our founder’s adopted son Logen (who aged out of foster care last summer) were featured in a their local newspaper this last week. Read the story below! April 11, 2019 | By Andres David Lopez, Staff Writer Group to connect foster children with mentors Rather than go hungry, Logen Miller said, he […]

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What is a WAY Alliance Resource Coordinator?

WAY Alliance Resource Coordinators work one-on-one with a youth to assist them in accessing local resources. Since most resources are only available during business hours, volunteer Resource Coordinators need to be available during normal business hours at least a few days a week.

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What is a WAY Alliance Match Coordinator?

The Match Coordinator is an absolutely vital part of the mentoring relationship. Match Coordinators supervise mentor/youth matches and facilitate communication between the match, the Small Group, and the WAY Alliance program.