By Tony Gonzalez|
The latest trouble at Becca Griffey’s home came to light the day before her 16th birthday.
Placed into state custody for her own safety, she spent the last two years of her childhood trying to complete high school while bouncing between a pair of foster homes in East Tennessee and a group home for girls, all the way across the state, in Memphis.
“I didn’t have anybody to hold me accountable,” she said. “In school I just slid by. I did the minimum work.”
The same attitude wouldn’t be good enough in college. Griffey knew enough about herself to accept that she might need some extra guidance to make it through.
It just so happened that a small college in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, close to where she grew up, was looking to recruit students just like her — teens who had “aged out” of foster care at age 18 and who might benefit from a tight-knit campus community that offers extra help for young people from broken homes.
Griffey this fall became one of the first students in the Hiwassee College HOPE Scholars program, part of a promising new push across Tennessee to do more for teens who age out of state custody.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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