Andrea with her CASA Volunteer Cherri Douglas. Andrea graduated from Seguin High School. She intends to enroll at St. Phillips in the Fall and transfer to UTSA to study to be a psychiatrist.
We are very proud of our nine CASA youth who successfully completed their high school education this Spring. High school graduation is an achievement for all youth but especially for ours, any one of whom has many excuses to fail. National statistics show that about half of youth in foster care do not earn their high school diploma. Our sincerest congratulations to every one, and our thanks to their CASA volunteers who served on their cases. Please honor them by taking a minute to look at their pictures and read about their future plans.
Two graduates not pictured: Anthony, who will work at Lowe’s this summer and then attend technical school, and Taren, who plans to pursue a career in auto mechanics.
Alysia and her CASA Volunteer Lesley Allen. Alysia became pregnant at 13, moved from foster home to foster home, changed schools several times along the way, lost her parents, moved away from sisters, faced several other challenges, but still graduated from high school and is successfully raising her son. She has already started classes at Austin Community college and is working part time.
Charlene with her CASA Volunteer Megan Ransom. Charlene hopes to attend Austin Community College and work.
Damien graduated and is interviewing to find a job. His CASA Volunteer is Judy Godinez. She was by his side when he was adopted in March after almost 12 years in foster care.
Janel and her CASA Volunteer Betty Wiznoski. Janel moved into a Community-based Services Home. She will attend Day Habilitation to assist her with daily living skills, health and employability. Janel ultimately would like to find a job and work toward living independently.
Jessica and her CASA Volunteer Liza Pergiel. Jessica plans to attend San Antonio Junior College in the Fall. Her CASA Volunteer has been a constant cheerleader and ensured Jessica kept motivated to graduate. Liza attended graduation and is there for her anytime Jessica calls.
Travis with his CASA Supervisor Tim Judkins. Travis lives in Hays County and plans to do volunteer work this summer and possibly go to community college.