PROJECT MARYVALE

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

Project Maryvale works in partnership with Maryvale Residential Homes, a foundation dedicated to provide residence and a supportive environment to foster youth. We work with Class 12 foster youth, girls of ages 6-18 who have suffered through physical, psychological and any other form of abuse or neglect.  Project Maryvale strives to empower these girls through engaging activities focused on health, education, esteem building, and skills they may find useful as they become adults and transition out of the Maryvale Home.  

 

Currently, Project Maryvale aims to spread awareness about inequalities within the foster care system through our Facebook page, Fostering Awareness for Youth (FAY). FAY is a campaign to raise awareness about the complications associated with the foster care system and its consequent effects on foster youth. Foster your own social responsibility and show your support by liking the Facebook page, sharing our posts, and engaging people in your communities about foster youth and the foster care system!

Check out the Facebook page for Fostering Awareness for Youth (F.A.Y.) here!

WHY IS OUR WORK IMPORTANT?

 

Our project focuses on bringing attention to a population that is underprivileged and largely overlooked.  Many of the youth in foster care system lack the resources and opportunities other kids of their age may have. As a result of adverse childhood experiences, many youths face negative life outcomes and coping mechanisms after their transition out of the foster care system, such as emotional and cognitive impairment and the adoption of health-risk behaviors. We hope that our efforts can counter the potential effects of adverse childhood experiences so that the youths can lead healthier lives.  

WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS GAIN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?

 

Members of Project Maryvale have opportunities to work with a population that most people at UCLA are not familiar with.  Not only do members have a chance to positively impact the lives of the youths, but they also have the opportunity to learn from these youths. Members have the chance to engage with an underrepresented community through mindful activities and learn about the foster care system. Because Project Maryvale facilitates site visits through activities and demonstrations, members have a chance to hone their communication skills, strengthen their professionalism, and demonstrate their creativity. After sustainable engagements with foster youth, members gain a deeper insight of the diverse narratives of youths.

Check us out on The Daily Bruin here!

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

Megan Li

Position: Project Maryvale Co-Director

Year: 4th Year

Major: Applied Math

Short blurb: I am so grateful for MESH for providing me with opportunities to volunteer with the underserved community. Over the past few years, I have learned so much from the time I have spent with the foster youth at the Maryvale Residential Home. These experiences have given me a different perspective on education and healthcare, while also educating me on the foster care system. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trips to the beach!

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