In celebration of May as National Foster Care Month, FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, has named Jimmy Wayne as it’s National Celebrity Spokesperson.
“We’re very proud to have Jimmy Wayne represent our organization and the half million young people in foster care,” says FosterClub Director Celeste Bodner. “Millions have been touched by his songs, and I know that many more will be inspired by his personal story and commitment to improving life for foster youth.”
For Wayne, the opportunity to serve as the national spokesperson for young people in foster care is personally significant. Wayne grew up in foster and speaks from personal experience about the importance of supporting foster youth, particularly those who are forced to make it on their own when they turn 18 years old and support from the foster care system is cut off.
“From my past, I know firsthand what young people in foster care are facing. Young people in this country should not be faced with that kind of situation – especially kids who we’ve stepped in to care for when their families couldn’t,” Wayne said. “If the bit of celebrity I have can help me raise awareness of this situation –that there are kids and young people out there who need our help, then I feel like I have accomplished my goal.”
Fortunately for Wayne, Bea and Russell Costner provided a second chance when they took him in at age 16. “Bea and Russell took a chance on me, and I was certainly no poster child,” Wayne said. “I was this teenager with long hair and tattoos, but they saw past that to the scared kid I was. They offered me a place to live and the opportunity to go back to school. In turn, I had to meet them halfway by helping myself, which meant studying, doing chores and following the rules. They provided me with a way to help myself make a life. They gave me a home, love and respect.”
When it comes to supporting young people, Wayne walks the walk – literally. Earlier this year, he kicked off his Meet Me Halfway project, and began his walk halfway across the country to raise awareness of homeless children, teens and young adults who age out of the foster care system.
“I’m not asking people to come out and walk with me, but I am asking them to meet me halfway by getting involved– donate money, adopt a kid, learn more about the foster child/foster parent program in your local community,” says Wayne. “There’s so much one person can do, and so many ways they can make a difference,” says Wayne. “It just takes one person to help someone to a better life.”
You can follow Jimmy Wayne’s journey by clicking HERE
*Press Release Courtesy of TVMC