San Jose, Calif. – Unity Care, a youth and family development agency providing services and support for San Francisco Bay Area underserved and foster youth, will host a free Senior Portrait Day for foster youth on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The event is open to foster youth who are recent high school graduates, GED (General Equivalency Diploma) recipients and those who will graduate in 2016.
Senior Portrait Day will take place at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Cupertino Room, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, Calif. Partnering with Unity Care in hosting the event will be The Family Album Project, The Paul Mitchell School–San Jose and Cake4Kids to provide professional photography, complimentary hair, make up services and refreshments.
Approximately 25 foster youth from Unity Care’s program will have their photos taken in cap and gown or other traditional senior photo attire, which will be provided. Virginia Becker, founder of The Family Album Project, will take the photos, edit them and print 8 x 10”, 5 x7” and wallet-size hard copies for each participant. Graduates will also have the opportunity to be photographed in their own celebration outfit with their family or friends.
One graduating foster youth said, “I appreciate the people that donate their services to us. Now, I will have a memory and a photo that will last a lifetime.”
Unity Care Founder and CEO André V. Chapman stated, “Graduation is a big deal for all youth and this event is a chance for our graduates to experience what their classmates often take for granted, especially since less than 50% of foster youth graduate from high school.”
“Most foster youth simply can’t afford senior photos. It’s important to celebrate this monumental milestone and give these youth a photo that will commemorate their accomplishment,” says Virginia Becker, volunteer photographer and founder of The Family Album Project.
About Unity Care
Unity Care offers a wide range of services benefiting at-risk and foster youth and their families throughout Northern California. Its signature program, established in 1993, focuses on serving the housing needs of youth in foster care and beyond. The organization’s mission has grown and expanded over the past two decades and, today, includes more than a dozen community-based, education and behavioral health programs, aiding approximately 6,000 underserved youth and families annually.
Unity Care’s programs exemplify its “Five Pillars of Success” philosophy: Housing, Education, Employment, Well-Being (physical, social, emotional and spiritual) and Unconditional Care (adult connection). Each program focuses on being successful and supportive while promoting accountability, honesty and fun. Detailed information about Unity Care programs is available at www.unitycare.org.
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