Children’s Aid Youth Talk Foster Care with One-Man Musical Performer
Participants of The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center attended a performance of the one-man musical From Foster Care to Fabulous by Patrick Burns earlier this month. The musical is based on his experience living in four foster homes between the ages of 14 and 17. The youth were very impressed and inspired by Patrick’s story and were also excited to participate in a “Talk Back” after the show which included several foster care professionals.
“The kids were really impressive during the “Talk Back” and expressed themselves honestly and with some serious charm!” said Natalia Giordano of The Next Generation Center
The Next Generation Center (NGC) is a one-stop center in the Morrisania section of the Bronx designed to support young people with a service delivery and program approach designed to support the needs of youth in foster care and those who have aged out of foster care as well as those involved in the Juvenile Justice System. NGC offers job readiness training and subsidized internships, educational guidance and advocacy, legal counseling, housing assistance, and life skills, creative and visual arts, multimedia, fitness and recreational programming.
Patrick is graciously donating the proceeds from the run of the show to The Children’s Aid Society. “I’m very excited and proud bring the show to New York City where all proceeds will benefit the Children's Aid Society, an organization that provides adoption, foster care, health, and education services to underserved children and families in New York City," Burns said.