“I want to help kids in care. I know what it is like and I know things I needed when I came into care. I want to give support to kids who were in my situation.” – Rachel, Springfield LifeStrengths Youth
Rachel joined the I Pour Life family in March of 2019. When she came to I Pour Life, she was living at a residential facility and finishing her senior year of high school. She started working through the LifeStrengths workbook with her coach Kayla, to develop self sufficiency skills. Rachel was preparing to transition to an independent living situation, but a barrier she faced was lack of transportation. Without reliable transportation she would be unable to maintain a stable job and continue her education.
Kayla began introducing Rachel to the steps needed to obtain her own transportation, such as passing her driver’s test, saving money for a car, and researching different insurance companies. Rachel has always been a hard worker, so she became very focused on building her savings account to buy a car. With smart budgeting and focus, Rachel saved $2,000 within a few months. She found a dream car, but was still short on money. Because of the Children’s Division Savings Match through the LifeStrengths program and her hard work, Rachel was able to add $500 to her savings account and finally had enough to buy her car, get insurance, and pay for her tags.
Currently, Rachel lives in an apartment with her older brother. She has an interview at Lakeland Behavioral Health which has been a dream job for her. She will start school at Ozark Technical College in the spring to pursue her psychology degree. Rachel desires to become a Caseworker for kids in state care. She says “I want to help kids in care. I know what it is like and I know things I needed when I came into care. I want to give support to kids who were in my situation.” Rachel and her LifeCoach will attend the 2019 Youth and Adult Empowerment and Leadership Conference where she will have the opportunity to grow in leadership development, as well as learn ways she can positively impact her community.
Special thanks to the State of Missouri Children’s Division for their partnership.