Jul 19, 2013 8:01 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Central Coast foster kids learn leadership skills at camp

Nine Santa Maria foster kids were honored Friday for completing the Transitional Youth Services Leadership Camp.

The five-week camp helps the kids develop confidence, leadership abilities, and create clear academic and career goals. The program manager says the students are making plans to apply their new leadership skills to advocacy efforts for other foster youth.

"Their lives are really characterized by instability and a lack of consistent relationships with responsible adults. That's a big deal, and it really affects their education, which is what we're most focused on," said Bonnie Beedles from the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

There are more than 600 children in foster care throughout Santa Barbara County. 25% of them are placed in homes outside the county.



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