Alexandra St. Pierre
Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Florida
City, State: West Palm Beach, Florida
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Florida Bar
Alexandra is providing holistic direct representation and systemic legal advocacy to youths as they age out of the foster care system and transition to early adulthood in order to preserve legal rights and ensure a more successful transition to independence.
Need Addressed By Project
More than 1,000 youths age out of foster care every year in Florida with few resources to help them transition into adulthood. By age 26, many have experienced periods of homelessness and depression, and approximately one-third have only a GED or high school diploma, which limits job prospects and leads to high unemployment rates. To begin a reversal of these poor outcomes, this project, “Successful Transitions,” will help provide stability during this impor-tant and daunting transition period by ensuring that these foster youths’ legal rights are respected and enforced through direct legal representation, know-your-rights workshops, and systemic advocacy.