Knicely Done: Schalisha's Passion To Help

Schalisha Walker is helping with an outreach she didn't have access to when she really needed it.

She didn't have the chance to grow up with her own family and was taken in by foster families and later was adopted.

WOWT6 News caught up with Schalisha, who is now 25, when she was working in a warehouse for an operation called Youth Mart.

It's designed to support young people who have aged out of foster care by providing them with essentials needed to function well in society.

"We have couches, dressers, beds, kitchen items and household products," she said in an interview with WOWT6 News. "This is my passion, I really care about the young people that I work with."

Schalisha recently stood in front of more than a thousand people to receive an award from Project Harmony for her advocacy work on behalf of young people who are experiencing many of the same difficulties she has had to overcome.

"Think of yourself if you were removed from your sisters brother, mom or dad, regardless of the situation, it's traumatic. Everything that I do is for them..and I definitely take pride in what I do."

Schalisha serves on several community boards, is a mentor for a young girl, and is working on a college degree in social work.

As our visit concluded, Schalisha was again thinking of ways to help the young people she serves.

"We're having a donation drive for the Youth Mart on April 26 here on the Omaha Home for Boys campus at 52nd and Ames. Please bring household items, especially dressers and new beds."

Youth Mart is made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation in collaboration with Nebraska Families Collaborative, Child Saving Institute, Project Everlast, Omaha Home for Boys, Lutheran Family Services, Centrals Plains Center for Services and the community.

For more information click on the link included with this story or call 402-384-4668.


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