Mar­quis Cabrera, Foster Skills

The deck is stacked against chil­dren in foster care. No one knows that better than Mar­quis Cabrera, a former foster kid who beat the odds to grad­uate col­lege. Now he’s trying to help other foster chil­dren achieve life suc­cess through his non­profit social enter­prise, Foster Skills.

Cabrera moved from a rough Harlem housing project to his adop­tive mom’s idyllic two-​​story house on a cul-​​de-​​sac, but he couldn’t escape the dis­con­nect he felt after going through the foster care system. “There are many resources and pro­grams for foster chil­dren, but they are frag­mented and often leave kids feeling pow­er­less,” said Cabrera, 24, who believes the key to unlocking the poten­tial of foster chil­dren is to pro­vide prac­tical life skills and emo­tional stability.

The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity grad­uate deferred admis­sion to law school to get Foster Skills up and running.

Read the article at The Boston Globe →