El Paso programs helps former foster kids find work

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Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:15pm

There are thousands of Texas kids in foster care, but what happens to those kids once they're out of the system? Statistics paint a bleak picture. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many end up unemployed and homeless. That's where Project FUTURE comes in. The El Paso Program provides six week paid internships with the county to many of these kids once they turn 18.

For 21 year old Darrel Davis, the internship led to a paid job in the county attorney's office. He says he learned skills that will stay with him his entire life.

"Communications skills with other people, how to be more in there with the group," said Davis.

"Most of these youth have been employed, typically in retail and fast food, but the idea is to give them an office experience. In fact, that's one of the benefits we've seen," added Maria Salas Mendoza, a 120th District Court Judge.

Project FUTURE was created by the El Paso Women's Bar Association. Eighteen students graduated from this year's program.

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