the details:

WHO

  • High School and College Students ages 13-19. We plan to split this group into a younger and an older group.

  • Although this group was created for foster teens and recently emancipated foster students, any student ages is welcome to join us!

WHERE

  • We'll be meeting once a week on Zoom! You'll get the virtual meeting info after you sign up, about a week prior to the first meeting -- nothing to prepare!

  • You can log in to the meeting through a laptop or your smartphone.

WHEN

  • After you sign up, you'll get information on the first meeting, day, and time. Meetings will be in the evening, so please select which day you prefer to meet when you sign up.

  • The group will launch on MLK day: JANUARY 18, 2021 with an online WELCOME MEET where we will introduce ourselves and talk about how it will all work.

WHAT

  • We haven't picked our first book yet, but after you sign up, we'll send you an email to vote for a book from our "Short List" or you can suggest a different one.

  • We will be reading either a chapter or a certain number of pages each week, and then talking about them at the next meeting. We hope everyone will be able to keep up with the reading, but if you don't get it done, please come to the meeting anyway. We promise you'll still learn something AND have fun. 

HOW MUCH

  • Participation in this club is FREE to all student members!

  • Even your book is FREE -- plus a spiral bound notebook, pencils, and some other goodies to help you prepare for club meetings. When you sign up, we will be asking you for your mailing address so that we can send you the materials you need.

why

  • It's a chance to meet other young men and women just like you, improve your reading skills, and learn something about yourself and the world.

VIRTUAL STUDENT BOOK CLUB

KICKOFF MEETING TBD
We're kicking off the New Year with a 

weekly student book club.

(Good riddance, 2020!)

It's FREE for students ages 13-19!

Sign Up Now!

To register, please take the time to fill out the information below. Once you register, we'll send you more information on the club. Be assured that all information is confidential.

DID YOU KNOW?

     

Foster youth are one of the most vulnerable subgroups of children living in the the United States. According to Foster Care statistics & resources, approximately 443,000 children and youth are currently in foster care in the United States and 30,000 youth between the ages of 18-21 "age out" of the foster care system annually.  

 

These at-risk youth:

  • Have the highest high school dropped rate of 50% and are often unable to take and pass the GED test;

  • Are unprepared for college level work;

  • Although 70% say they would like to go to college, less than 3% will earn a college degree in their life time;

  • Within four years of aging out of the foster care system, 50% of youth have no earnings;

  • those who do have earnings make less than $7,500 a year and are unable to economically sustain themselves;

  • Lack of preparation for adult life results in 60% of these youth being convicted of a crime.

Findings show that Domestic Violence inflicts harm to children such as emotional harm, psychological harm, physical pain, and low self-esteem, which impacts the child's learning systems, thereby influencing a child to lose interest in education, arrive late to school, be absent from school, and drop out of school.

 

Together, we can help them reshape the trajectory of their lives.

Won't you or someone you know join us?

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RUBY'S FOSTER VILLAGE

Ruby's Enlightened Path, Inc.

3111 Route 38, Suite 11 #271

Mount Laurel NJ, 08054

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609-933-0720

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