by Michelle B. Abidoye
This summer, I participated in a job shadow program with the National Foster Youth Initiative ("NFYI"). It was a rewarding experience that reminded me of how important it is to provide guidance and motivation to young adults who are beginning their careers. My firm, FordHarrison, LLP, hosted a young woman named Azalea who is 20 years old and is transitioning out of foster care. During the course of two days, she shadowed our attorneys, legal assistants, paralegal, and docketing clerk to learn all of the opportunities that are available to her in the legal field. This was Azalea's first experience working in an office environment and I was impressed with her quick intellect and curiosity. She is completing her high school diploma and is hoping to enroll in community college next year. On any given day in the United States, there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care. NFYI is a non-profit organization that gives foster youth access to a brighter future through job skills training and internships. I recommend the NFYI job shadow program to any of you who are interested in helping a young person who has been in the foster care system. Please contact me if you would like additional information about my experience at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact NFYI directly at www.nfyi.org
Michelle B. Abidoye is the WLALA Communications Officer. She is partner at Ford Harrison.