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Emancipation: A Rough Entry into Adulthood

By Annika Lile Two hundred dollars and a handshake.  This is what welcomed Dennys Valle, at the age of 17, into “adulthood” when he left the foster care system. “I felt like an alien out in this new world,” said…

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Why We Should Let the Children Lead

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday led me to revisit the eulogy he gave on September 18, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama at the funeral of the children who died in the bombing of the…

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Strategy for independence

The New York Times recently had a great exposé on former foster youth and their challenges to get a college degree. The article featured numerous youth in Los Angeles and the Guardian Scholars program that supports former foster youth with…

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A special tribute

The January issue of THE Magazine provided Hillsides with an opportunity to reintroduce itself to the community and define its place as a premier provider of an array of services to very vulnerable children, youth and their families. Universally, the…

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Honoring Youth, Volunteers, and Donors

The donor and volunteer community for Hillsides came together at our annual Circle of Excellence dinner to honor philanthropists for giving their time, resources, and special talent to serve vulnerable children, youth, and families living in Southern California. On behalf…

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