New Campaign Encourages Business Community to Employ Foster Youth, Realize Full Potential, Be the Difference

Media Advisory:  March 18, 2013
Contact: Carrie Hoeppner (407) 264-1379 

New Campaign Encourages Business Community to Employ Foster Youth,  Realize Full Potential, Be the Difference
~City of Life, with the support of partner organizations, both private and public, unveil "Each One, Help One." ~

WHO: Local teens in or just out of foster care, City of Life Foundation, Community Based Care of Central Florida, Department of Children and Families, Orlando Lutheran Towers, Panera Bread and Workforce Central Florida welcome leading Central Florida employers 

WHAT:  "Each One, Help One," aims to match this special population of youth with employment opportunities that will help them establish professional skills, find confidence, guidance as well as income to support them through such important years.   

The legal transition to adulthood is defined by the age of 18.  In reality, for most youth, that transition takes place over time, with the support of parents and loved ones providing direction.  

On March 21, hear from organizations, including Panera Bread, who have launched successful foster-friendly campaigns and currently employ 16 youth in cafes across Central Florida. Hear from teens whose lives changed through their own hard work, mixed with the right opportunity.  Community Based Care of Central Florida, lead foster care organization in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, originally identified 39 local teens turning 18 this year who were or are asking for more than simply employment; rather chance.   

WHEN: March 21, 2013 9:00 AM 

WHERE: Orlando Lutheran Towers 
                  300 East Church Street, 
                  Orlando, Fl 32801 

WHY: For youth in foster care, this transition can be the difference as to whether or not they find personal as well as professional success.  Children in foster care with strong role models, who complete their education, and find stability are less likely to encounter homelessness, substance misuse and incarceration. They are more likely to grow into healthy adults, productive citizens and independent of social services. 

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Employers planning to attend include the Orlando Magic, UCF, Walt Disney World, Westgate Resorts, McDonalds, and Planet Hollywood just to name a few. 

 Broll/Interview Ops: Workforce Central Florida will be making a surprise announcement for participating teens, reps from Panera Bread as well as former foster youth will be avail to speak to the media and help coordinate any package