Former foster youth attend a two-day educational program on succeeding in the professional world

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 12:37:33-04

ARRC Technology and Covenant Community Services are coming together to provide 15 former foster youth a chance to attend a two-day educational program with business professionals. 

At the end of this program, attendees will receive a desktop complete with Microsoft Office. 

The partnership between ARRC and Covenant is not new. Since 2008, ARRC has provided over $100,000 of equipment to Covenant in order to aid them in their community services.

Throughout the program attendees will be able to learn:

  • What human resources and corporate executives look for in potential candidates
  • Learn how to write resumes and cover letters
  • Receive training in workplace etiquette
  • Organize their finances 

For many, growing up in the foster care system can be lonely and the opportunities can be hard to come by. 

Lorenzo Creswell is one of the attendees in the program who has also been through the foster care system. He gave some advice for other kids that are currently in that stage. 

"Whatever anyone in my position, whether you're in a group home, adopted family, no matter what it is, all hardships, no matter how hard it gets, it has to get worse before it can get better." 

It's the first year covenant has partnered with ARRC Technology, and they hope to make it an annual event. 

C.O.O of ARRC, Shane Swanson, believes that even this program is only two days long, there are still many valuable takeaways. 

"We want to be able to leave here with the confidence that they can do what they need to in life and be successful. Unfortunately a lot of these foster kids, they don't have the best opportunities in life, they don't have the family support like most families do."