• Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to equip transition-age foster youth for a better future. The program lays the groundwork for emotional healing, academic resilience and leadership development as well as career-path competency.
• 2017 update: Jeremiah’s Promise continues to work with local foster youth in workshops and via one-on-one online coaching, and it has expanded its services to teach other foster agencies around the U.S. about its custom-designed online coaching model.
“We’re teaching nonprofit leaders – one of whom was actually a foster youth himself – these tools for their use,” said Jeremiah’s Promise founder Kim Golter. “I’m teaching them what they’ll encounter, how to respond and how to use this as a tool. It’s been fun to see it grow organically.”
Young adults graduating from the foster-care system are often used to hearing criticism, but they are not as experienced at describing what’s good about themselves. One of the program’s persistent areas of focus, Golter said, is teaching how “to gauge, honestly and realistically, what is good about you.”
“Why don’t you just focus on who you really are?” she said of the Jeremiah’s Promise philosophy. “Let’s drop all of the labels that people left on you, and really look at yourself objectively – and there are great things about you, that are going to contribute to (achieving) your dreams.”
• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations enable Jeremiah’s Promise to offer college workshops and online coaching to ease the transition into the adult world and provide the life skills necessary for success. The organization plans to continue to train nonprofit leaders nationwide to help transitional foster youth via The Next Step coaching program.
Location: PO Box 1393, Palo Alto 94302
Annual budget: $201,400
Staff: 1 full-time, 10 volunteers