We talk often about the importance of strong, male role models for our CASA kiddos. Luke is walking, talking proof of this. His case, originally assigned in July, 2017, involved three teenage sisters. The oldest has since turned 18 and is doing well on her own. Luke makes sure she continues to be included in the lives and activities of her siblings. The two remaining on the case, now age 17 and 13, are placed together in a local group home. Both are thriving, in no small part to Luke's support. The older sister has a part-time job in addition to earning good grades in school. Luke cheered her on while she obtained her driver license, a rite of passage in the life of any teen. He has also encouraged and helped her as she has enrolled in the PALs (Preparation for Adult Living) Program. This is so incredibly important for her future in transitioning to adulthood and taking advantage of the benefits of tuition waiver offered through the state. The youngest is a bubbly, talented middle-schooler, also doing well with grades as well as being involved in extra-curricular activities. Having Luke in the audience for her school play recently was an incredible boost to her self-esteem.
Luke fully understands that girls are every bit as impressionable as boys when considering male role models. His support and encouragement are helping grow their self worth. His kindness and character are setting a high standard for the type of treatment they will expect from young men. Maybe most importantly, he's showing them how to succeed based on their own strength and merit.
Congratulations, Luke, and thank you for your life-changing work!