Half the Sky's Youth Services Program provides individualized learning opportunities for older children (8-21 years) who still remain in institutional care. Most have spent their early years without the guidance and nurture of family, but they still have dreams — they want to find a job, they want to go to college, they want to paint, they want to play music, they want to own their own business.
There is no doubt that the odds are stacked against them; without support, these children and young adults, who cannot be adopted after the age of 14, often face a bleak future.
Those in the program receive support tailored to their needs and interests, whether classes or counseling. They can also benefit from tutoring for China's notorious school exams, and when successful, Half the Sky supports their tuition at universities and vocational schools. Every day our young people across China are proving — often to their own surprise — that it is never too late to learn how to make something of their lives after they leave the institutions that are the only home they have ever known.