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  1. 1. 10 Hampton Roads Gazeti December 2015 www.gazeti.org out&aboutinservice NewVisionunveilsfilmtohelpfosteryouthattendingcollege New Vision mentor Michael Strother Jr. and program coordinator Natasha Whidbee. Artist Lori Dunn of Virginia Art With Heart, sponsor of "Movie Night." Intern Mark Harmon and a supporter show off a print from the movie. I n late October, during its "Movie Night," New Vision Youth Services unveiled "Bridging the Gap," a short film about founder Clara Wilson's experiences helping with the daunting problems faced by youth in foster care. Attendees included current and prospec- tive mentors and other supporters. New Vision hopes the film will garner support for its present focus,"The Extend- ed Family Connection." This initiative serves aged-out youths who are enrolled in college. The program aims to help these young people, who have no family support system, succeed in school and become self-sufficient by age 21. It provides one-to-one mentors who serve as life coaches. They help the youth with such needs as job readiness and how to handle job interviews, making a grocery budget, or choosing a cell phone plan. And, while they're not expected to be chaperones, "The goal is to have a caring adult who, like an extended family mem- ber, will provide a listening ear and be there for them," said Mrs. Wilson. Men- tors receive training are asked to make a one-year commitment. Other volunteers are also needed. The Extended Family Connection also serves as a bridge for these young people in other ways. For the holiday season, a duffel bag filled with bus passes, grocery gift cards, and a surprise bonus gift is donated to each student. To help fund its various services, New Vision is offering the community cus- tomized 2016 calendars, wrist bands, and framed prints from the film. Any of these items may be ordered online at at www. newvisionyouthservicesinc.org. Click on the "Donate" button. The film can also be viewed on the organization's web site or at www.Face- book.com/1NewVision. To inquire about becoming a mentor or volunteering to help with other needs: newvisionyouth1@ verizon.net. To help support its programs, New Vision is selling 2016 calendars and other items. NEW VISION FILE PHOTONEW VISION FILE PHOTO NEW VISION FILE PHOTO NEW VISION FILE PHOTO

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