Every month, 4,000 kids turn 18 and age out of the foster care system. For too many, that often means being spit back out into the same cycle that they came from. “The statistics are overwhelming,” Sanaa Lathan says. “They don’t have any support.”

Engendering change

Lathan first started working with foster youth seven years ago, after becoming involved with the HerShe Organization, which provides adolescent girls with the resources they need to bridge the gap and transition into adulthood.

"Only 3 percent of foster youth graduate from college."

“There are people who care,” sums Lathan. She wants to give hope for the future to young girls who are breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect, and tell them that they can be successful. And that begins with a higher education.

Bigger picture

Only 3 percent of foster youth graduate from college. The Sanaa Lathan Foundation provides scholarships to those who want to go to college but don’t have the financial means. College is a safe place to explore who you want to be and learn about yourself, your passions and your talents.

To that end, Lathan is excited about her newest television show on the Fox network. “It’s about what’s going on right now with law enforcement and people of color,” she explains. “It’s kind of difficult in terms of the law and social media. Everybody’s watching everything.

“I’m an artist,” Lathan continues. “I don’t feel an obligation to be politically correct in the roles that I choose. I believe in portraying all types of humanity.”