Our Mission


The Alex Smith Foundation provides foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Mentoring, Education, Housing, Internship, Job, and Advocacy programs.

 

Karen Martin Scholarship

Karen Martin was an Alex Smith Foundation volunteer extraordinaire. To remember her we created this scholarship.

 

The Alex Smith Foundation concentrates on
developing and promoting programs in six basic areas.

Education

Good jobs jobs with futures-require general knowledge, reading and math skills, and proficiency in computers and technology.

Mentoring

Steadying hands, strong role models, and intergenerational synergies can provide the essential support for teens thrown unprepared into independence.

Housing

Young adults who haven’t had a permanent home, need stability. This begins with a place to live-a place they can call.

Internships

On-the-job training builds skills, confidence, and a network of working friends and associates.

Jobs

Employment provides a secure income, encourages accomplishment, and helps create responsible adults.

Advocacy

With its concentration on improving systems and changing counterproductive laws, advocacy is our path to the future.

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And there are 20 other young men and women whose childhoods were ravaged by pain and abandonment. Former foster teens, they’re now college graduates thanks to Alex Smith and his foundation.

-SFGate on the Alex Smith Foundation