Keys to Freedom

Learning to drive is one of the first steps to true freedom in the eyes of many teenagers.

For teens in foster care, the opportunity to learn to drive is not always on the same schedule as their peers.

In working to provide some normalcy for the youth at Boys & Girls Homes, efforts are made to provide driving instruction to those youth that are of the appropriate age and have demonstrated an effort to continue to grow.

That was the case for one of the boys in our transitional living program over the past few months. He was at a point where having the opportunity to drive himself would be of great benefit for his off campus employment. Mr. Jose, one of our residential counselors, agreed to serve as his supervising driver. It has provided an even more meaningful opportunity to get away from the campus during the pandemic shut down, providing the boy with the chance to get away from campus for a little bit. In addition to the driving instruction, it provided a time to get some life guidance from caring staff away from the other youth in the cottage.

Our goal is always to provide the best opportunities for our youth and providing the keys to freedom through driving is just piece of the puzzle to helping our youth become responsible, independent adults.

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Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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