A newspaper article depicting a distressed situation for the foster children of South Florida spurred Christina Corrigan to get involved.
Christina Corrigan moved to Miami from Columbia, South Carolina just after graduate school. She was new to the community and knew right away she wanted to be involved. Working with various organizations since then, she most recently became involved with Educate Tomorrow a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to provide one-on-one educational mentors to foster care children turning 18 and “aging out” of the system. She reached out to them after reading several articles about the foster care system in Miami sparked her interest.
After a 6-month application process that began in February, Christina now mentors a high school senior who has been in and out of foster care for several years. She has been living at Casa Valentina – a nonprofit that addresses unique, gender-specific needs of young women transitioning from foster care to independent living – since mid-July when she turned 18 and “aged out” of the system. While still adhering to the curriculum, Christina does not limit their weekly meetings to educational topics, also including discussions on healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. Christina offers not only sound advice but also a female role model her mentee can look up to, since her mother passed away several years ago. In the coming months Christina will also assist her in applying for college.
“It makes you realize how lucky you are and motivates you to be more involved,” said Christina of her volunteer work.
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