They had all the odds stacked against them. They overcame – and inspire other kids from foster care to do the same.
“This is one of the first times that I’ve seen a Black man [Marsaille Arbuckle] who is successful, doing great things–and is from the foster care system and overcoming the barriers and things that he faced–and it gave me inspiration that I would be able to do the same.” Justin Black has every reason to admire and emulate his mentor, Marsaille Arbuckle.
This episode dares you to be inspired by two men who have risen above the hardship life threw at them.
Marsaille Arbuckle, our returning guest, realized how many young people from foster care aged out of the system and directly into trouble. He was among the mere two percent of children from the foster care system to go on to college, and now helps others do the same.
Justin Black, also a former child of the foster care system, considers himself lucky to have had Mr. Arbuckle’s example and help in his transition aging out of the system. Now, Mr. Black takes center stage in this episode as he details what it’s like to age out of the system, why so many youths in that situation fall victim to crime, homelessness, or even premature death – and how he’s managed to exceed all the expectations.