Human Trafficking and Foster Care

In 2014, Monica was 16 and living in a specialized foster care placement for sexually abused girls. Through our Life Support program, Monica received a volunteer mentor, Leslie. Over the course of a year, the two interacted weekly, and developed a trusting bond.   Monica left foster care in the…

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Fostering Great Ideas brings entrepreneurial spirit to improving the lives of children in foster care

[This article was originally published in the Greenville Journal on Jan 3, 2019 ] By Rebecca Howerton Last year in South Carolina, more than 4,500 children were in foster care due to abuse or neglect. Removed from familiar people and places, they experience real trauma. Constrained by a stressed system, even…

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It All Adds Up – A Short Lesson In Multiplication And Geometry.

Boy solving math problems on whiteboard

Give a few hours a week and it multiplies a hundred times over. Who remembers geometry? fondly? Two random points on a graph; connect them, and suddenly you’ve made a line moving in a particular direction. Connect more dots, and suddenly you see a shape! OK, maybe that’s not all…

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Sisters Forever

Our daughter, Hanna, was separated from her sister, Kacie, in foster care. They have lived apart for many years. When Hanna was placed with us for adoption, it added even more miles and hours of travel between them. We wanted the girls to spend time together, to rediscover their relationship…

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90 Degrees Yoga Supports Fostering Great Ideas

Members of Greenville’s 90 Degrees Yoga Studio have begun 2018 with the practice of the yogic philosophy principal of bhakti. Whether on the mat in a yoga pose or off the mat out in life, the work of bhakti–supporting others through service and devotion, is a fundamental of yoga. In…

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A Bright Note!

Meet Celeste, a 22-year who lived in foster care since age 14. While residing in a foster group home, she received a mentor through Fostering Great Ideas’ Life Support mentoring program. Her mentor saw something in Celeste she couldn’t see in herself – potential. The mentor took Celeste on college trips and introduced her…

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Graduation Reflection

Graduation ceremony

Chances are, you know of someone who’s graduating this month. Be it from high school or from college, having achieved the goal they set out to reach years ago, they stand at the start of life’s next adventure. What journey lies ahead? Growth, struggles, expanding points of view, challenges to…

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Greenville Women Grant Awarded to FGI

College grad

On May 9, 2017, Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic women’s organization, awarded Fostering Great Ideas (FGI) a $47,000 grant to fund a college success program at Greenville Tech for students from foster care. College Fellows will provide intensive academic and peer support for students coming from foster care into Greenville Tech.…

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United Way of Greenville County Awards Grant to FGI

Youth

On May 3, 2017, United Way of Greenville County awarded a three year grant to Fostering Great Ideas (FGI) to support FGI’s Life Support mentor program for youth in foster care. The support is financial and technical, with assistance on measurement analysis and partner development. Life Support began in 2012…

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