Our Spring event has been pushed to the Fall…
Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, September 2nd from 11:30-1:30pm
Join us from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center for an enjoyable and rewarding afternoon. We will honor our Outstanding Community Champion, our 5 chosen exemplary foster youth that will be awarded as Angel Honorees. Our captivating Guest Speaker will take you through a journey of personal experience with examples of accomplishment and optimism in a challenging environment, uncovering the key elements of resilience. She will inspire, motivate and encourage community engagement. Sponsorships are available, individual seats are $100 each and can be purchased on the link bit.ly/FASTLuncheon2020.
Guest Speaker, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW, is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve. Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.” Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes. Her efforts and academic achievements landed her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship where she graduated with honors and ahead of schedule earning a double major in Communications and Theater and a double minor in Political Science and Psychology. Ashley then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. By the age of 22, Ashley had become a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her first book, “Three Little Words” is now an International Bestseller and has been published in at least 4 countries, and is now being made into a major motion picture.
We are so grateful to our sponsors, whose generosity helps support our program funding throughout the year.