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Jean Strout

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Jean Strout

Jean Strout

Name of Host Organization: Support Center for Child Advocates
City, State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig LLP

The Project

Provide legal assistance in child welfare, housing, public benefits, and related legal matters to current and former foster youth ages 18 - 21 through walk-in clinics at Philadelphia resource centers.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
When young people leave the child welfare system, they are cut off from resources they have relied on for years. Former foster youth struggle to live independently and achieve their goals: by age 24, only one in four has a job, and less than 3% graduate college by age 25. Between one third and one fifth of youth who age out of foster care will become homeless. These youth have multiple needs, yet there are no entities that can provide holistic advocacy.
The Right Person For This Project
Jean is the right person for the project because:
• She received the 2014-2016 Zubrow Fellowship to work on child welfare and juvenile justice issues at Juvenile Law Center (JLC)
• She has experience working on advocacy projects with older foster youth in Philadelphia
• She spent two years working at a student-run legal services clinic while at Harvard Law School