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Nonprofit mentors foster children toward a path to success

Nikel Hall has a resume loaded with volunteer work: She's helped out at preschools, a library, a convalescent home and an animal shelter. But she's never managed to land a paying job. The 18-year-old has been in foster care since she was 8, shuffled between impersonal group homes and among strangers paid to care for her. "Moving around so much," she said, "it's hard to get somebody to hire you when you don't even know what address to put on the form." That's just one problem that teens in foster care face when looking for work. Most have checkered academic records because they've changed schools so often. Many lack the confidence and...

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