28. June 2010 12:00
On May 27, we posted this story, introducing you to Olatunji Bledsoe. The 18-year-old is the first student to receive funds from Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's educational scholarship program that helps youth aging out of foster care. He was very excited to receive the scholarship which he used to purchase a car that will allow him to get to and from classes and his job at Home Depot.
27. May 2010 09:26
(Olatunji is part of Lutheran Social Services' Supervised Independent Living program for teens leaving foster care. His story is published here with permission of TIME.com.)
There are kids who survive a troubled upbringing only to create their own troubled future. Then there's Olatunji Bledsoe. The 18-year-old endured the heartache of family deaths, a financial scam and homelessness. But then he needed more: education, personal responsibility and a driver's license. Having proven his resilience, now he wants other young Detroiters to know they can do the same. And so he likes to share his remarkable story. Read more from this story that first appeared in TIME.com's Detroit blog.)