Amy Lemley

Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2002
My work: guiding former foster youth through the critical transition period from foster child to independent adult.
This description of Amy Lemley's work was prepared when Amy Lemley was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
Introduction
Amy Lemley is addressing the growing problem of homelessness among teenagers who are too old for foster care but have neither a place to live nor the means to support themselves. Her work is helping former foster youth secure affordable apartments by providing them with microloans for housing start-up costs to get their "first place." Meanwhile, Amy is leading the effort to transform the foster care system at the local and state levels by demonstrating the power of her model through public and private partnerships across northern California.
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