Junior League helps students transition from foster care

The Junior League of the Palm Beaches' Pink Palm Brigade recently helped make the transition from the foster care system to college life easier for five local college-bound students.

The five recipients included two students from the western communities – Tawana Michel from Wellington High School and Tamara Laurette from Royal Palm Beach High School who will both be attending Valencia College. The other three students were from across the county, including Deminke Hall who attended Crossroads High School and will soon start at Edwards Waters College; Willie Green from Glades Central High School who will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical; and Cassandra Fadael who went to Boynton Beach High School and will start at Bethune-Cookman University.

Each of the students was selected because of their outstanding academic and personal achievements while in the foster care system. The baskets they received were filled with dorm essentials including hangers, laundry detergent, towels and a $100 Target gift card.

Junior League of the Palm Beaches president Ashley Schutz first decided to lend a hand after meeting Laura Shoemaker, the foster care liaison for the School District of Palm Beach County, at a Transition to Independent Living task force meeting by ChildNet. It was after the meeting that Schutz decided the Pink Palm Brigade would step in to assist the students in their journey.

Last February, after a year-long period of issue research and needs analysis, the Junior League selected foster care as the organization's new focus area for community impact.

The Junior League of the Palm Beaches' Pink Palm Brigade was established in an effort to help various local nonprofit organizations by supplying care packages filled with necessities for those in need. Hundreds of care packages are created each year thanks to donations from the Junior League and the community.

The Junior League of the Palm Beaches is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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