Silicon Valley foster kids paired with employers by nonprofit - California

"They've grown up as wards of the county, foster kids who learned not to expect any handouts -- if you want to get a leg up, it's going to be done with your own two feet.

"You have to push yourself," said Eric Sykes, a good-natured 21-year-old who ran away from an abusive home at age 16. "There's no one else there to do the pushing for you."

"But Sykes and about 35 other eager-eyed teens and young adults recently got a rare and welcome boost from the nonprofit group TeenForce. At a recent hiring fair co-sponsored by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, they met with potential employers who agreed to give preselected foster youth a break into the working world...."

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