Kome Ajise, chief deputy director of the California Department of Transportation, was one of eight leaders who spoke to local foster youth about his experience working in government at United Way Women in Philanthropy’s 3rd Annual Day at the Capitol. Forty local foster youth toured the State Capitol on March 24 and participated in roundtable discussions with leaders in government. Participating foster youth were from Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Koinonia Homes for Teens and New Morning Youth and Family Services, which are partners in United Way’s financial stability initiative that is working to financially prepare foster youth for emancipation.
United Way’s Women in Philanthropy brings local women together to help local foster youth across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. A dynamic group of businesswomen, homemakers and community leaders, Women in Philanthropy members are first responders in repairing the financial stability of local foster youth by raising funds for United Way to provide financial literacy courses and matched savings accounts designed specifically for foster youth. Members also hold drives and provide trainings. Women in Philanthropy is part of United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers and community leaders working to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations in the areas of education, financial stability and health. To become a member, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/wip.