What is 8 To Stop 80?

A way to support an end to the 80% of men locked up in prison coming from foster care.

A movement that will cost you less than two lattes to know you are making a difference.

A guarantee that young men leaving foster care will have jobs and housing, not desperation and incarceration.

A simple solution to a complex problem.

$8 a month can start to end the epidemic of young men from foster care ending up in prison, one at a time. Stop this foster care to prison pipeline yourself.

Read more and donate here.

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Get Your Tickets to Bowling for Foster Care Awareness Month!

The RightWay Foundation will be hosting a fun bowling event at X-Lanes Little Tokyo! There will be food, arcade games, bowling, karaoke, pool, and raffle items. We will be launching a campaign to continue the progress made in the month of May, Foster Care Awareness month. Please join us!

Each team will have a RightWay youth they are bowling for, and whoever earns the most points will win a reward for the youth.

If you would like to buy tickets, please visit this link.

RightWay is Opening Foster TAY Housing

Today The RightWay Foundation is opening a new house for young men who grew up in the foster care system, thanks to the support of the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative. The home is a beautiful Craftsman style house with hardwood floor. This house is going to have a relaxing meditation/fitness room. We will be housing nine young men that will bridge a transition to independence and more permanent housing. They will pursue education and career-driven programs like Year Up, and will have access to RightWay’s proven employment and mental health services throughout their stay in the home and beyond. RightWay will be hosting workplace resolution groups and wellness meals, to encourage a safe environment in which youth can troubleshoot workplace and personal issues. The focus of the home will be holistic health and wellness, with the supportive services our youth need to thrive.

Moving into housing services is a fulfillment of the need RightWay sees every day. Many foster youth coming into our center on a daily basis, most of them homeless. Although, for years, we have scrambled to find them housing through wonderful partners like Good Seed CDC and Sanctuary of Hope, the amount of homeless youth only seem to continue to increase. We are looking to expand the number of beds available specifically for foster youth, and ensure these young people can successfully reach self-sufficiency.

For our youth, finding a job and being hired has always been the easy part, especially with the training youth receive through Operation Emancipation and RightWay’s close ties to companies such as Crews 1972, AEG, and HMS Host. But once on the job, many youth face housing crises and other personal setbacks that can affect their job performance and maintenance. Stable housing is one of the most common reasons our youth are unable to stay at a job-- so, this housing program will have the goal of reducing turnover for employers and keeping our young employees at their jobs.

This house will have some rules to encourage and facilitate exit to more permanent housing, such as no drugs or alcohol on-site, no guests, and required payment into a savings plan. But, we are sensitive to our population and understand the needs they have. Supportive, harm-reduction housing for foster TAY is necessary. We cannot expect our youth to go to school, find long-term jobs and succeed without a stable place to stay. We cannot kick them out due to indiscretions any young adult will have because there are not enough beds to take them back in. There must be informed discussion about past mistakes and how to resolve problems effectively, through therapy and crisis intervention, but not through devastating consequences to their future. We must give second chances. Any parent will give their own children much more than a second chance, so because LA County foster youth are the children of RightWay, we believe it is our duty to make sure they receive as much support as they need to jump as high as they want after exiting foster care.

Although this house is mostly funded due to the generosity of Pritzker Foster Care Initiative, we are looking for investors and locations for future housing programs in South Central LA. For our tenants, donations in-kind of materials such as soap, paper towels, desks, cleaning supplies, dishes, and anything else a young man might need related to housing would be very useful. If you would like to be a part of this exciting new venture in any way, please fill out this form here. Thank you in advance for supporting our foster youth.

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Job Fair for LAX Crews Restaurant Jobs on Tuesday, February 28th!

The RightWay Foundation will be hosting a great job fair on the 28th from 10-3 in the mall's Community Room! Come ready for some awesome LAX jobs in many different restaurants through Crews 1972. RSVP to the address or number on the flyer, print a resume, wear interview clothes, and bring a good attitude and you could have a job before the end of February.

LAUSD Job Fair

Our partner site, Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center, is hosting a job fair for LAUSD jobs in the technical, administrative and professional areas. The job fair will take place tomorrow, February 14th, from 1-5 pm at their center in Boyle Heights. This is a great way to acquire a beneficial government job and start a career that makes a difference!

A Memorial to A Great Young Man, Anthony Nelson III

At the end of last year, on December 27th, 2016, The RightWay Foundation lost a great student and the world lost a great man. 20-year-old Anthony Nelson III was killed in East LA, across the street from where he was living. Anthony was an alumni of The RightWay Foundation's program, Operation Emancipation, and participated in our first cohort with LA's Department of Cultural Affairs as an intern in the Creative Career Pathways Program. He was placed at Armory Center for the Arts, where he thrived in his creative projects and tasks. At the culmination ceremony, Anthony received a certificate from the Mayor's office that celebrated his completion of the program, which remained on his wall along with his high school diploma until the day he passed. He was proud to be an alumni of the Creative Career Pathways Program and was going to continue into the music industry, where he was able to gain experience as an intern in the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center's recording studio. But beyond his accomplishments that were moving him towards a career in the arts and music, Anthony made an impact on all the people he met. 

The RightWay Foundation collected memories from people who knew Anthony well here (staff, youth, and everyone in-between). Here are some of the words they used to describe him:

Anthony was a resilient and caring young man with high aspirations of being in the music industry. He would always say he wanted to be the next Kendrick Lamar but on another level. Regardless of what situations he was dealt, he would always find a way to bounce back and make the best of it. His love for his family was beyond measureable and his goal was to reunite everyone which would have brought him the greatest joy. You will be missed Anthony but your memories will live on. Rest in Paradise

Anthony was one of the most optimistic people I knew! I met him at The RightWay Foundation. No matter his situation, he would always find a silver lining; even if the silver lining was dull.  He found a way to brighten it and share it with others. He was full of hope and dreams and he wouldn't let any setback get in his way. He was very patient, kind, and had a gentle spirit. I saw him Dec 24th, 2016 at the Annual Pathways Christmas Party and he greeted me with a BIG SMILE, as he usually did. He had on a bright red bow tie and we exchanged how happy we were to be apart of the event for another year :) He wore a smile even in the rain. He was extremely happy to be living in his own space and looked at it as a way for him to gain a foundation in life; He was surrounded by supportive people who also shared his vision. This young man is gone way too soon. It is a blessing to have been able to meet and work with this special human being. Rest In Peace, forever more.

Anthony was loved by most and respected by many. Anyone he came across would leave with a warm heart. Anthony loved making others smile even if he was feeling down. He always found a way to get through the ruff times without losing his focus on the goals he wanted to accomplish. He had such a beautiful soul and I was truly blessed to have been apart of his life. You will be truly missed but never forgotten. May you rest in paradise.

Anthony Nelson was a young man who was bettering his situation for himself. He was too young, at 20, to be taken from this world, especially in such a violent way. The RightWay Foundation attended his funeral a couple of weeks ago and is providing therapy to anyone who needs to talk about this loss. We know his sister, family, and all those who knew and loved Anthony will carry on his memory.

The RightWay Foundation is Hiring for an Awesome Week-long Job

We are going to be hiring people to work as cooks (15/hr), dishwashers (12/hr), servers (12/hr) and concession (11/hr) from February 15th-21st for the PGA Tour at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. You must be available all 7 days and attend one of the mandatory orientations to participate. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Go to 'When Lives Matter' The Play to Support RightWay

The RightWay Foundation is the charity of choice for "When Lives Matter," a play about two realities exploring race, justice, and equality. We will be receiving 100% of the proceeds from the January 20th showing, thanks to the wonderful director Monti and his team. We appreciate not only their story telling, but their effect on the reality our foster youth are experiencing.

Please buy your tickets here. If you want to read more about the play, please visit www.whenlivesmattertheplay.com.

Job Fair to Start 2017 Off Right!

New Year, New Job. Come to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall Community Room on January 24 at 11 am for a hiring event. The event should last until 3pm, and be prepared to interview. The event is open to the public, but our foster youth will be given priority.

We are hiring for employer HMSHost at LAX, who has open positions as Barista, Cooks, or FFA (Cashier). The pay is competitive.

Building My Foundation The RightWay

Today we are so excited to announce our campaign "Building My Foundation The RightWay" through a star student's story. Ricky is like many of our youth who have completed The RightWay Foundation's program, who have gone on to be successful and stable, building a self-sufficient future for themselves and sometimes their young families.

For donations of $500 or more, we will now recognize donors like yourselves permanently in our center on a brick with your name. For others who contribute, you can know that you are a vital piece of starting a fruitful future for our youth. Every amount helps us to reach our end-of-year goal with this campaign: $15,000 (we're off to a great start from Thanksgiving/Giving Tuesday at $4,170 but there is still a lot of work to do!). This amount was decided upon as our goal because it will provide for wonderful holidays for our youth and ensure they have a strong start to their new year through training, interview clothing, job opportunities, housing, and therapy. This will be a great jumping off point for a prosperous 2017 for our youth.

Please donate a brick above to start building someone's future. One of our youth will send you a video personally thanking you.

  • With $25 you can support one day of Operation Emancipation (OE) job training for one youth (food and teaching)
  • $50 will provide for a day of OE and a new shirt for one youth's job interviews
  • $100 will make sure two youth complete Operation Emancipation for at least one of the four weeks of classes

Help us reach our goal and share this message with all your friends and family during this holiday time and beyond. Ricky is not the first to be started on a successful transition to a bright future, and he will not be the last. We need your help to build more foundations the RightWay.

Thank you!

Creative Career Pathway Program 2017

In junction with the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, The RightWay Foundation is launching phase two of our pilot Creative Career Pathway Program (CCPP). We cannot wait to place our paid interns at great cultural/creative institutions around the city and allow them to explore the art world or launch their careers in the arts. They have interviewed with our sites and will be starting in February. This is going to be a great cohort of Operation Emancipation, with up to 20 youth learning specific job skills that will benefit them in any career they might pursue.

Vote For Us In The NestFresh Cares Campaign

The RightWay Foundation is one of the last TEN finalists in a competition where hundreds competed. We will win a $1,500 donation if you just vote for us every day until December 15th!

We are so thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to use the money to take 50 foster youth to the movies for Christmas if we win. Please help us do so and contribute to a cheerful Christmas celebration with your vote.

The link to vote is here and it is super easy to vote so please go do it! If for some reason that link doesn't work, go to NestFresh Eggs Facebook and click "NestFresh Cares Voting".  The link is currently not working on mobile, unfortunately. But it will work on a computer! Thanks.