Seven out of every 500 kids in Mendocino County is in the foster care system. Only about 50 percent of them will graduate from high school, and down the line, 47 percent will experience unemployment. The Foster and Homeless Youth Work-Intern Program aims to make a difference. It gives foster and homeless youth the opportunity to gain workplace experience and build community relationships. And it motivates them to stay engaged in school. The program finds placements in local businesses and the Mendocino County Office of Education pays the students, for up to 20 hours a week during the school year and 40 hours a week in the summer. To find out more about the program, contact Blythe Post at Bpost@mcoe.us.