Teens in foster care attend Youth Education Conference

Teens in foster care attend Youth Education Conference

TYLER (KYTX)-Tyler's Transition Center hosted a day of workshops for young adults about to age out of foster care.

Joeseph Welch has dreamed of college since he can remember.

"I want to go to college but I'm not sure how to do it and there's supposed to be people helping me not messing around, hopefully we get it done," Welch said.

Welch was taken away from his parents in kindergarten and placed in the foster system. His hard life hasn't stopped him from wanting to reach his goals.

"I was wanting to either be an engineer or get into genetic science. Do something big. Become a somebody and not just a nobody," Welch said.

Today's youth conference had representatives from local colleges and universities as well as employers and banks to help teenagers plan for their future.

"Information is key and so is communication and then if you have the discipline and the want to do it, you'll do it," Welch said. "It's just getting that first step, that first spark."

CPS' Preparation for Adult Life coordinator Collette Stec hopes this conference will be the first step.

"Usually our youth that are in foster care they age out and when they age out we like to be able to train them so they can accomplish many things in their adulthood and have the skills to do it," Stec said.

Welch is able to stay in the care of the state until he is 21 which means his college education will be paid for by the state, something he's grateful for.

"With the state saying we'll pay for your school, I'm going to take that chance, I don't want to waste it. It's practically a good gift, a real great gift," Welch said.

Welch is planning on applying to UT Tyler.



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