Meet Nick. He is 15 and has been in foster care for less than a year. Recently he became involved with Project LIFE by attending the Fall 2018 Statewide Youth Conference in Arlington, where he was voted by his peers to win the Youth Spotlight Award. Nick is currently in 10th grade and plans to go to college to major in business analytics, and then go into the military or get a good job. He is extremely proud of the fact that he has accumulated more than 100 volunteer hours! In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and football, listening to music, and drawing graffiti.
Nick loves being involved with Project LIFE and shared: “I like how there are other kids with similar stories around my age. Most of my friends don’t know what it feels like to not be with your parents and just to know that I’m not alone and that there are kids my age that live near me that are really cool just feels good.” In one word, he describes Project LIFE as “influential”.
One piece of advice that Nick would like to share with other youth in foster care is: “Life is what you make of it. You’ve already been through the worst, now spread your wings and fly. Look at the bright side of things. Yeah, you’re gonna have those days that you think about the bad times, but like Tupac said, if you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day. He was right – look at the bright side.”
We are extremely proud of you, Nick. Keep pursuing your dreams and making a difference in this world!