A Non-Profit Youth Program that Helps Foster Kids *Fight* for a Better Future, through Boxing, Leadership, & Education.
Fostering The Next Generation.
The road to college isn’t easy for the 400,000 American kids in foster care…what’s even more difficult? Graduating. Entrenched amidst instability, foster youth face major obstacles to success including a lack of financial and emotional support.
It’s no wonder why less than 10% of foster kids attend college, and of that number, less than 26% will graduate.
“Although many of these kids are ambitious and have dreams of attending college, they often age out of the system right when they need to begin preparing and applying…”
…says Judith Halbreich, a youth activist and social worker who saw this unfortunate scenario frequently with foster kids on her caseload. Determined to change these statistics, she launched “Home of Champions” (HOC) an innovative non-profit that gives foster youth in college a home base, facilitating their success in academia and beyond.
With a legacy of champions built into the organization, HOC is located in New Paltz, NY at the former home of boxing legend Floyd Patterson and still holds the original boxing ring where he and fellow world heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Ingemar Johansson trained. HOC will continue the legacy of this historical symbolic entity by working to emphasize the positive attributes of disconnected youth, challenging them to match Patterson, Ali, and Johansson’s tenacious spirit and willpower, and empowering them to become the best versions of themselves.
“Although many of these kids are ambitious and have dreams of attending college, they often age out of the system right when they need to begin preparing and applying.“
– Judith Halbreich
In An Interview/Article, Judith Halbreich Can Share:
- What People Need to Know About the Challenges Foster Youth Face in Their Journey to Getting a College Degree
- Information & Free Resources for Foster Kids, Foster Families, & Caregivers
- Actionable Advice for the General Public on How they Can Help Disadvantaged Youth Find Success
- Why Disconnected Youth Need Our Help Now in the Age of COVID More than Ever
- Home of Champions: A Non-Profit Helping Foster Kids Fight for a Better Future
- Life Lessons from the Boxing Ring
Judith Halbreich is sharing insight to the challenges foster youth face and has actionable advice for the general public on how they can help. She also has information and free resources for foster kids, caregivers, and disadvantaged youth.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER & ORGANIZATION
Home of Champions (HOC) Founder, Judith Halbreich, LCSW has had a successful executive career in social services, mental health, and clinical research, serving on many Boards of Directors. Ms. Halbreich created one of the first NYC foster care programs for infants suffering from AIDS, in addition to creating an award-winning independent living program for youth aging out of the foster care system. Her passion is to bring to fruition the HOC leadership program, which will inspire youth to become champions of their best selves.
Home of Champions
Home of Champions (HOC) is a newly recognized 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide a “home base” for youth ages 16-24 who are emerging from the foster care system. It is a challenging and supportive program where youth will have access to opportunities, resources, and mentoring; gain the knowledge to live an active, consistent, and sustained lifestyle; and develop the attitude necessary to become responsible leaders, change-makers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.