ASCC teens need your help to establish happy, productive lives.
Our economy is in one of the most challenging situations since the Great Depression which was the largest and most
important economic depression in the 20th century. As of January 2011, the national unemployment rate is 9% and in the state of Tennessee
there are over 290,391 people unemployed and these percentages are rapidly increasing.
States are cutting their funding for higher education, which is massive considering most colleges get the majority of
their funds from two sources: the State and tuition. One thing is for certain though, regardless of the state of our
economy, the demand for higher education will always be there.
A recent study found that 37% of foster youth aged 17–20 had not completed high school degree or received a GED.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given these statistics, former foster youth are less likely to be employed than their peers;
they are more likely to rely on public assistance; and they earn, on average, too little to escape poverty. Their family
life also suffers. They are more likely to have children outside of marriage; if they do marry, they are more likely to
have marital problems. They are also more socially isolated than their peers.
How ASCC Makes a Difference
In the ASCC Career Planning module, each youth will learn the importance of continued education. We work directly
with each youth in preparing them for the ACT/SAT testing as well as the GED. We offer tutoring, vocational training
in partnership with area businesses and college preparation and enrollment. With the economic crisis at hand, it is
imperative that our youth understand how they must stand out to achieve through the competition of the over flooded
job market. Without a high school diploma or a possible chance of continued education, our youth will not survive this
economic downward trend. The economy will turn upward and our youth must be ready to soar.
Many youth in the foster care system have never had the support or motivation to move them in the direction of a career
planning. They will have the opportunity to meet individuals from the community first hand to get a more in-depth picture
of different career options. Our youth will be educated on how to research and read to improve the work skills and training
material necessary. The module breaks down financial aid resources and employer tuition partnerships with their college
or trade education.
For more information on the Career Planning Program or any other ASCC Program, please contact us at 615-283-3013
or email us at