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By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – The Junior League of Rhode Island has chosen to focus its community impact work on children aging out of the foster care system.
The decision was made at the nonprofit’s April general membership meeting.
The Junior League, in a statement, said it chose the community project based out the fact that more than 100 youth age out of the Rhode Island foster care system each year without having been adopted, reunified or having a guardian. Those youth, the group said, have higher rates of financial instability, low educational attainment, homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, and poor physical and mental health, among other social problems.
Since the Junior League of Rhode Island, a volunteer organization of women that works to develop the potential of women and to promote volunteerism, was founded in 1921, it has developed more than 16,000 members from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts who have donated more than 2.2 million hours of service and over $3 million to assist more than 250 nonprofit community partners.