Kitsap teen is beating the odds

 

Angelica wants to be a hairdresser someday. But due to a life of turmoil that led her into foster care, Angelica’s literacy skills were extremely low, making it very hard for her to succeed academically.

 

Upon entering Olive Crest’s program for older foster youth, Angelica was matched with a staff mentor. She worked closely with her mentor to improve her literacy. Olive Crest also provided Angelica with a laptop when the pandemic hit and school moved online.

 

Many foster teens in our community face similar issues. And for those graduating from high school, they’ll need the skills to successfully transition to independence.

 

This year, Olive Crest is excited to be participating in the Kitsap Great Give, hosted by Kitsap Community Foundation.  The donations Olive Crest received help high schoolers like Angelica to gain the essential life skills that they need to be healthy and independent adults.

 

Angelica is on track to graduate high school in June. Her abilities to read and write independently have greatly improved and her grades are the best they’ve ever been. Angelica is planning to complete an Esthetics/Cosmetology program in the fall to follow her dreams of being a hairdresser.