Connecting Youth to a Brighter Future

Equipping former foster youth & young adults with the skills and knowledge they need to achieve financial stability and independence!

According to the Children’s Law Center of California, nearly one hundred times a day, a child in California is placed in foster care. Los Angeles county alone has over 33,000 foster youth in care who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. As a result, youth in foster care often transition into adulthood without the tools and support they need to thrive. Only 1 out of 2 who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24, and only 3% will earn a college degree.

A partnership between Thematic Learning Organization and Shelter37 has designed an educational and motivational program, My Next Chapter – Connecting Youth to a Brighter Future. My Next Chapter provides former foster youth & young adults with real life skill sets to help them in their transition into adulthood and give them an opportunity to secure employment and/or start their own business. The trainings are delivered by industry professionals and educators through in-person, virtual and online classroom settings.

About Us

Shelter 37 is a non-profit that was founded by 2X Super Bowl Champion, James Washington. James was born and raised in Watts and is committed to giving back to the youth in the community by providing effective life skills, job training, and educational programs. He’s currently the president of the NFL Alumni Association Southern California. He has partnered with Thematic Learning Organization, a non-profit who works with corporations, state and local government, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations to offer educational workshops. Thematic Learning Organization was formed in 2014 by Sharon Griffin who recognized a need to bridge the gap between the underemployed and business owners who lacked skilled professional staff.

About the Program

My Next Chapter offers scholarships to former foster youth & young adults, ages 18 – 32.

Participants learn how to set goals, stay focused, and the principles for building a solid financial foundation. They also learn key principles of being an entrepreneur, including creating business plans, legal structures, business finances, and risk management. Participants have the option of learning a skill, receive the required licensing or certification and job placement. They may also choose to receive college counseling to attend college.

More Staggering Statistics Regarding Our Foster Youth

  • 20% become instantly homeless
  • 25% of youth who age out are dealing with PTSD
  • 70% of young women are pregnant by 21
  • 25% will be incarcerated within 2 years of aging out
  • 70% of foster kids regularly say that they would like to attend college one day

We welcome non-profits and community organizations who provide support services to former foster youth and young adults. If your organization is interested in partnering with My Next Chapter to help change the lives of former foster youth and young adults, please email or contact Attila Morgan, our program director at (310) 365-8377.