UP began in 2015 under the umbrella of Voices for Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley and launched as its own non-profit agency in 2018.
A dedicated group of volunteers saw the need for UP in our region and worked tirelessly to secure funding to ensure the program's success.
In 2018 UP Mentoring obtained it’s 501(c)(3) status and in 2019 hired a program coordinator.
The mission of the Unlimited Potential (UP) program is to support former foster youth to become independent, successful adults through positive relationships, individualized support, education, and connection with community resources. UP meets its mission by providing mentoring, life skills training, counseling, and case management.
UP began in 2014 under the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, serving both current and former foster youth ages 16-24. UP received designation as its own 501(c)(3) in May 2018 and narrowed its focus to serve only former foster youth ages 18-25.
Originally envisioned as strictly a mentoring program it has quickly grown into much more. In January 2020 UP was selected as one of 33 programs nationwide to facilitate selection of, and services to, former foster youth eligible for the federal Housing and Urban Development’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) housing voucher program.
By March 2020 it was evident that a case manager who could help clients find and access the resources needed to meet their multiple needs was vital and that position was filled in late March 2020. In June of 2020, in direct response to requests by program participants, UP began to offer free individual counseling.
Each year 1500 Texas youth leave the foster care system after they turn 18. Often without any support from family or friends, former foster youth are on their own to navigate independence and adulthood.
By helping with housing, offering important life skills education and providing a stable, positive, adult mentor UP can mitigate the problems that plague foster youth.