There are 28,000 children in foster care in Los Angeles County. It’s a big number and the challenges are immense. Less than 50 percent graduate from high school and very few finish college.
Within 2 to 4 years of leaving the system, 25 percent of young people become homeless, many are unemployed and 20 percent end up in prison. Those are tough statistics.
In an effort to raise awareness of the challenges facing kids who are out of the system, a group of writers and photographers got together to tell the stories of 11 foster care youth who have recently aged out.
The book, “Aging Out: Southern California” is on sale and all profits go to organizations working to support these young adults.
Ernesto. Shot for the book, Aging Out: Southern California —————————————Roughly two years ago, a group of friends who happen to also be talented photographers, started meeting each month to have some drinks, dork out over all things photo and motivate each other to do better work. Our first project to come out of this fusion of photographic eyes is the book, Aging Out: Southern California. The 7 of us collaborated with 10 writers to share the stories of 11 men and women who have recently aged out of the foster care system in Los Angeles.
The book launch event is July 30 at Quixote Studios West Hollywood, 1011 N Fuller Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90046.