See Beth’s Story as featured on the movie The Soloist
The Lightening Alliance serves young adults in North Texas ages 18 – 23 who are at risk of homelessness or struggling to attain self-sufficiency.
In the average year in Texas, 1200 – 1500 foster youth turn 18 and are emancipated or “age out” of the system. Add to that the growing number of teens who are runaways, throwaways or coming out of incarceration and the numbers become staggering. These youth have experienced a wide variety of traumas that negatively impact their education as well as their mental health and emotional maturity. They lack the basic support structures that the average 18-year-old has when they graduate from high school. When we consider the increasing recognition that self-sufficiency occurs in the mid-twenties for most Americans, it is easy to see the relational and financial gap these young adults face.Add to that a poor economy, a complex governmental bureaucracy and the wide variety of organizations and services that often work at cross-purposes. It’s no wonder the outcomes for young adults are grim. It’s a complex situation and there are no easy answers.
Yet the Lightening Alliance seeks to offer hope. While we work to partner with other agencies, services and organizations to address the myriad of problems, our mission and focus remains firmly on the foundational belief that young adults in distress are a precious creation of the Universe, placed in our care to encourage their potential and support the emergence of their gifts and abilities. Society as a whole becomes the beneficiary as each young person is supported to grow into the magnificence they were designed to become.