While I met Deborah Perry Piscione for the first time at a media event, I was already a fan of her website Betty Confidential. Then I was inspired to find out about a foundation started by none other then her sons Drake and Dominick in lieu of birthday gifts to raise money for the AVID program (Advancement via Individual Determination) that helps put foster kids in public school on a college readiness track.
The Drake and Dominick foundation website explained "This remarkable non-profit, AVID, is an innovator and leader in preparing first-time college go-ers on a college readiness track. Offered as an elective class in public schools (starting in the 4th grade), AVID kids learn lifelong skills such as organization skills, financial essentials, and tutorial support for any classes they need additional support in. The AVID life becomes a family for so many foster kids as they participate in AVID through 12th grade."
At a charity event, I heard two amazing young women that talked about being in the foster care system not knowing or caring about their future, then getting involved in the AVID program and turning their lifes around. I was tearing up just hearing them speak.
AVID is an organization that provides such valuable support – and one that I hope will get lots of support. Because the kids deserve it!
Here is a link to the Drake and Dominick Foundation. For more information on AVID, please check out: www.avidcenter.org