Introducing Valor Cares
Valor Cares is a community outreached program that looks for ways to get invovled, give back and help the community where each school is located. Valor MMA’s founder Mr. Phipps was a former foster kid from age 11 to 18 in the Texas foster care system. Valor Cares has teamed up with The Next Step Program and other local programs that help children & teens who are under privileged and could use direction.
Going through the “system”, Mr.Phipps realized that there are not a lot of programs that benefit kids leaving the foster care system that prepares them for life or helps them learns what’s next. Most foster kids age out of the system with no prepareation from foster parents or the state. Upon graduation, many have dreams but result to working a local fast food location because they don’t know how to even begin. Mr.Phipps created The Next Step Program to help fill that void.
The Next Step Program
Aging out of foster care can be a difficult process. With little community support, former foster kids are more at risk for homelessness,
arrest and incarceration, and failure to graduate from college. EVERY DAY, 1,200 KIDS ENTER FOSTER CARE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE A NON-PROFIT THAT CHANGES THE WAY THEY EXPERIENCE THE SYSTEM.
The process can go well when there is adequate community support, but that is not often the case for former foster youth. With average income of only $470 a month, and statistically high unemployment, this is a population of individuals who can use all the help they can get. Each state government is charged with creating programs that helps support our forster kids. Unfortunaltly, they have failed. Many foundations recognize the role that philanthropy can play in creating better outcomes for these vulnerable youth, and are funding programs and projects in diverse ways. The next step program was created by a former foster kids for current foster kids who are about to graduate from high school and needs direction. We help them prepare for adult living after high school.
The Next Step Programs (NSP) is designed to ensure that older youth in substitute care are prepared for their inevitable departure from the Department of Family and Protective Services’ care and support. At any given time, there are about 3,500 youth 16 years of age and older in substitute care. The NSP program staff strive to provide each of these youth with skills and resources they will need to be healthy, productive adults.
Preparing youth for adulthood is much more than teaching them how to balance a checkbook and sign a lease. NSP services include involvement in programs aimed at improving youths’ self-esteem and improving their ability to make responsible decisions. NSP helps youth face the challenges of adulthood and independence.
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Read about Mr.Phipps life and foster care journey below
As foster kids we’re called fighters and survivors all the time. So much so, that it begins to lose its meaning, its impact. Granted there are in fact thousands of those foster youth who are survivors, fighters. Some continue their fight through advocacy, some academia and some turn to athletics.
Then there is Darryl Phipps, who continues his fight everyday. He fights his martial arts opponents. He fights stereotypes. He fights for a sport in the entertainment industry. But his toughness enemy comes in the form of memories of a childhood so horrific, so unfathomable, that he may never see the end of the battle.