For children in the foster care system motivation, support and encouragement can be hard to find.
The Kern Partnership for Children and Families steps in to try to provide that support.
April Price is a perfect example of the organizations work in our community.
At just 19 years old Price is spreading her wings to fly.
“Just the feeling of the engine start and the taxing and the moment you take off you’re just ready to go,” said April Price.
Flying is her dream.
“I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be here and to be fulfilling my dreams and my life. I love it so much,” Price said.
Price has her private pilots license and is working toward her Bachelors degree at California Aeronautical University.
“I couldn’t choose any other career. I don’t think that I would want to do anything else,” Price said.
However her take-off didn’t start out smooth.
“Coming from like absolutely nothing. Going in with just the clothes on my back, literally, I can just say that, I’ve come so far,” Price said.
Price grew up in the foster care system and found it hard to find motivation after all she had been dealt in life.
“It was a challenge everyday just to get up and go to school,” Price said.
That was until she joined the Aeronautics program at North High School.
“I can just say that it’s impacted my life so much that I just want to keep striving for more. It’s like, I just can’t get enough,” Price said.
Support from her classmates, teachers, and the foster care system helped land her where she is today.
“Having those people by my side reminding me that I have potential and motivated me to be the best and do the best that I can,” Price said.
While at North she learned about California Aeronautical University.
She knew that was her next step.
She would become a pilot.
“It’s all about that mindset. You just have to have that drive,” Price said.
Now she’s using her story to inspire others in foster care.
“I honestly say, don’t think that you’re not enough in this world because you really are. You really are something. You can do anything you want to do. You just have put your mind to it. I mean if you think that you can’t do it you cant, but if you think that you can and you know that you can, then you can,” Price said.
For those who have helped her along the way…
“I am so thankful for everything and I know that you don’t have to do that, you don’t have to go out of your way. And some people truly believe that “well they’re hopeless and they don’t need it and they’re not going anywhere,” but thank you for believing that we can do things in our lives with just these small simple gifts,” Price said.
Price received a scholarship, computer and top notch school supplies from The Kern Partnership for Children and Families.
The organization is holding The Bee’s Knees 4th Annual Gatsby Gala to raise money to support local foster youth like Price.
The event is at Seven Oaks Country Club on Saturday, October 6.
The night features performances by La Follies and the swanky sounds of Chesterfield King.
There will also be a live and silent auction.
Tickets are $125.00 per ticker or $200.00 per couple.
For more information call 633-7001