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Why MYOI is important
For most of people, complete independence by age eighteen is a myth. Studies show that most young adults are financially dependent on their parents until their late 20’s. In addition, most young adults rely on their family for emotional support through out their life. Imagine if you were eighteen years old and had to independently navigate the world of adulthood including finding a place to live, paying bills, understanding banking and credit, understanding medical care and health insurance, trying to finish high school or learning the college application process. How would you have managed without the safety net of family or a supportive adult?
Based on recent data we know:
- More than one in five will become homeless after age 18
- Merely 58% will graduate high school by age 19 (compared to 87% nationally)
- Fewer than 3% will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28% nationally)
- One in four will be incarcerated within two years of leaving the system.
Read about the real life experiences, testimonials and written expressions of older youth from foster care all over Michingan in our Expressions Magazine. (include cover image)
Order your MYOI Expressions Magazine for a donation of $15.00 or more by filling out this form. http://dija.wufoo.com/forms/myoi-expressions-order-form/
Listen to MYOI’s Public Service Announcement: MYOI PSA, 2013