Spent 10 years in New York's foster care system
Printice Latson is currently a 20 year old college student who attends Buffalo State College and is majoring in Sociology. He also has been a foster child in the Erie County foster care program for the past 12 years. During the 12 years he has spent in foster care, Printice has acquired the skills necessary to become an advocate for himself within the system of Family Court and college. After graduating from high school at 17, Printice found himself homeless months before he was about to enter college. By the grace of God, he was accepted into a homeless shelter for youth and spent 120 days there before moving to a supervised apartment program designed to help older youth in the foster care system.
Printice began planning for his future, and he made attending college and maintaining a job his priority. He was accepted into the freshman class of Erie Community College City Campus in the Fall of 2014. Printice was excited to return to school because for him, school was his new home. While at ECC, Printice was active in Student Government and participated in various clubs on campus. After completing two years at ECC, Printice was accepted at Buffalo State College. At first, attending Buffalo State presented some challenges for him. The number of students attending Buffalo State and the physical size of the campus was much larger than he was used to; however, he persevered. Printice expects to graduate from Buffalo State in May 2016 with a degree in sociology. Printice is optimistic of his future as now realizes that the sky's the limit and he can do anything he put his mind to.
He has worked in retail and at an Art Center with children, including engaging with children who had disabilities. His volunteer work includes serving food to homeless people and helping veterans, and assisting with Beautification Day for Niagara Falls in 2011. Printice feels that “in a way we are all connected” and he strives to listen to kids who are in foster care because he can relate to them and give them constructive feedback.
Biography written by FosterClub staff member: Crystal Weston
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