About Us

We are a nonprofit that works with young adults ages 18-25 who have aged out of the foster care system.

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. Learn more about our services to young adults:

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About Us

We began in 2014 under the umbrella of Voices for Children and served both current and former foster youth.  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.  In the fall of 2019 UP trained it’s first class of volunteer mentors and began to provide mentoring to former foster youth.

In January 2020 UP was selected as one of 33 programs nationwide to help facilitate Housing and Urban Development’s Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) housing voucher program.  By March 2020 we added case management to our service array and  June of 2020, in direct response to requests by program participants, began to offer free individual counseling as well as limited transportation to and from work, school and medical appointments.  

Our Challenge

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.

Statistics show that after reaching the age of 18 -

No other local program is dedicated to former foster youth facing these daunting numbers.

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.

Meet Our Team

Staff

Board Members

  • Ted Randall, Board President
    Director, Methodist Children’s Home Family Outreach
  • Dennis Davidson, Board Treasurer
    Retired and Former UP Mentor
  • Jacque Flagg, Immediate Past President
    Retired Business Owner
  • Amy Faulkner
    Training Manager, Voices for Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley
  • Aimee Ortiz-Day
    Trainer, Center on Disability Studies, Texas A&M University
  • Jessycah Smith
    Adoption Preparation, CPS
  • Cheryl Grenwelge, Board Vice-President
    Retired, Center on Disability Studies, Texas A&M University
  • Melanie McKoin Owens, Board Secretary
    Foster Care Liaison, Texas A&M University
  • Lexie Allgower
    Manager, Global Event Group
  • Glo Hayes
    Retired and former UP Mentor
  • Liana Rike
    Creative Director, Administrator, Tucker Inspections
  • Andy Winn
    Business Owner, Beal and Winn Insurance

Fundraising Committee

  • Margaret Bryant
  • Glo Hayes
  • Carol Wagner
  • Lexie Allgower
  • Jacque Flagg
  • Jeanette Phariss
  • Jeannie Williams

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