Higher Learning – Crossover Youth
Working with Incarcerated Foster Youth
When I first entered the juvenile correctional facility in 2000, I had no idea that there were so many foster youth behind bars. Having grown up in the foster care system myself and watching as my brothers were incarcerated, it was as though I had gone back in time to my own youth.
I didn’t know what I was expecting to encounter, but when the young lady I was visiting looked at me from across the table and quietly confessed that she’d spent much of her childhood in foster homes, I knew I was in the right place at the right time. The flame to support incarcerated foster youth was lit inside of me. Whether visiting a maximum security correctional facility, juvenile hall, probation camp or group home, I make it my mission to “come in peace, not in judgment!”
Women of Substance & Men of Honor (WOSMOHINC) serves incarcerated youth in state and county facilities, as well as those emancipating from foster care. Given my personal history, I can relate to what these young people are experiencing. For this knowledge, I am grateful because at WOSMOHINC we seek to provide the resources they need to change the course of their lives and become independent, while instilling in them a sense of hope.
-Rosalinda P. Vint
Rosalinda, co-founder of Women of Substance & Men of Honor (WOSMOHINC), is licensed by International Church of the Foursquare Gospel with a District Ministerial License with an emphasis on Chaplaincy. She graduated from Los Angeles Southwest College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. She was a Senior Executive with a Fortune 500 company for 25 years.
Women of Substance & Men of Honor is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to providing support to young men and women that may have been incarcerated and/or in the foster care system. WOSMOHINC began operating in 1998 and provides services and resources to numerous men and women and their families in our community.