In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, the Queens Defenders Community Team participated in a “Chalk Walk” along the Rockaway boardwalk.

On May 25th, people of all ages from around the community gathered to spread awareness about foster care. Participants wrote notes in chalk along the boardwalk, consisting of both facts about foster care and messages of support for foster youth. Others held posters as they marched along the way. 

Residents of the St. John’s Home for Boys joined, along with other community partners including local officers and the Rockaway Wave. Seeing messages of support was a heart-warming experiences for the youth in foster care. Everyone walked with a smile on their face, excited to spread awareness about a topic so near to us. 

Queens Defenders works with residents of the St. John’s Home for Boys on a weekly basis, providing workshops and restorative services twice per week. These young men are passionate about their community and advocating for themselves and their peers. This event allowed the community to show their support for these young men. 

To learn more about our work with St. John’s Home for Boys, visit here.