Every year, dozens of young people age out of foster care in Wake County at the age of 18 without the resources and support they need to successfully transition to an independent, healthy adulthood. Young people aging out of foster care experience an extremely abrupt transition to adulthood compared to most of their peers. Virtually overnight, these young people go from being in the care of the county to being on their own and expected to provide for themselves. They often lack the skills, knowledge and support network they need to be truly independent. As a result, almost 40% of young people with a history in foster care become homeless before their 21st birthday.
On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these young people. Now in its fifth year, Cycle for Hope is a fundraising bicycle ride that raises awareness and funds for young people aging out of foster care. All proceeds from this event benefit The Hope Center at Pullen, a non-profit dedicated to connecting young people aging out of foster care with the resources and support they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.