nsoro Foundation - Making a difference, one foster child at a time.
The nsoro Foundation provides academic scholarships for foster care students.
The mission of The nsoro Educational Foundation is to cultivate a "circle of support" that nurtures and provides guidance to children in foster care, kinship care and those who have aged-out of care by following 5 Guiding Stars:
Advocate to improve the lives of foster children
Create programs to foster academic success
Provide scholarships for post-secondary education
Establish opportunities to network with professionals
Support activities around foster youth
Darrell Mays founded The nsoro Educational Foundation to support children in foster care through education. He was spurred to action after viewing the PBS documentary, "Aging Out," which follows the plight of children who have aged out of the foster system. The Mays family is guided out of their commitment to serving others.
STARFISH BALL 2016
A burst of confetti canons and king cake parade, complete with trombone accompaniment, heralded the crowning of King Joel Katz and Queen Vicki Palmer at the 2016 Starfish Ball, held January 23, 2016 at the St Regis Atlanta. The annual event raises funds to support educational opportunities for youth in foster care. Luminaries gathered to celebrate the royal couple and support foster youth included Ambassador Andrew Young, Dolvett Quince, Brenda Wood, Jerome Bettis, Steve Smith and Dikembe Mutombo.
Ranked as Billboard’s “Number One Entertainment Attorney,” Joel Katz serves as Chair of Global Entertainment and Media Practice at Greenberg Traurig, of which he is an Atlanta Founding Shareholder. His philanthropic support extends to the TJ Martell Foundation, the Grammy Museum and Berkley School of Music. Vicki Palmer, a retired Coca-Cola Enterprises Executive Vice President is very involved in civic affairs, the arts and education. Both were honored for their commitment to education and the nsoro Foundation.
Darrell Mays, founder of the nsoro Educational Foundation, presented the Joel Katz Scholarship and Vicki Palmer Scholarship to two deserving foster students. A video describing the work of the nsoro foundation was shown at the event
There were two keynote speakers for the evening. The first, Katie Napolitano, is a mentor to four nsoro scholars and adoptive mother to one. She stated that the number one reason her mentees had decided to enroll in college, was because they received a scholarship from the nsoro Foundation. At the time, they had never envisioned going to college, or how to pay for it. Receiving the scholarship was the proudest moment in their lives because “someone believed in them, their stories, what they had overcome and what they wanted to achieve.”
Her adoptive son spoke next of his struggles in and out of foster homes, countless episodes of abuse, a broken adoption and time in juvenile detention. A turning point came when his new social worker told him “You will leave me before I leave you.” Having stable adult support empowered him to turn his life around. He is now on track to attend law school and wants to be a legal aid worker to help others like him.
The nsoro Educational Foundation would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their continued support.
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"Receiving the Nsoro Scholarship will provide me with even more confidence and motivation knowing I can achieve anything I set my mind to." "Receiving this scholarship could help me prove to those people that just because I was in state's custody does not mean that I am not going to be successful in life. I am a survivor and that is success in itself".
"I want you to realize that I am willing to do my best at all I do when it comes to college. So I hope that you see me as a hard-working young adult and know that this scholarship money is being well invested."
Wilmington Trust continues to be a
presenting sponsor of the nsoro
Foundation, investing volunteers
and financial support to improve
the lives of youth in foster care.
We appreciate their ongoing
support of our mission.
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The nsoro Educaitonal Foundation is especially grateful to Amerigroup for it's financial and volunteer support to provide care packages for nsoro Scholars. Amerigroup is our presenting sponsor for our care package drive which provides personal care items, school supplies and dorm snacks for nsoro Scholars enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States.