Pathways To Your Future would like to express its gratitude to everyone who participated in the creation of the organization’s three-year Strategic Plan, especially staff, clients and Board members. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of the Messiah’s Ministries & Consulting Services and the John Burton Foundation! Thanks to the John Burton Foundation Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project Grant award, PTYF is now poised to not only continue its current operations, but also strategically develop comprehensive supportive services and organizational capacity that will develop a one-stop, state-of-the-art facility, with sufficient space to accommodate its administration and supportive services for more foster and homeless youth. PTYF’s Strategic Plan assures that foster and homeless youth in Los Angeles can realize and achieve adulthood lifestyles and careers.

The case for statewide expansion is clear. Currently, there are over 513,000 foster children living in the United States, with the lion’s share (80,000) residing in California. In fact, California has almost as many youth in care as New York, Florida, and Texas combined. Of these youth, approximately 5,000 ages out each year and for them, the outlook is grim.


Stuart Nacht, President
— Founder of Co-Create Living, LLC

Rev. Gerald Burgess, Vice President
— Senior Pastor at 1st Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

Jimmie Harrison, Secretary
— Executive Assistant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Retired)

Andre Forte, Treasurer
— LA County Accounting and Collection

Waymon Baker
— LA County Department of Mental Health (Retired)

Darren Hendon
— President of Veteran Social Services (VSS)

James Malone
— Retail Sales Supervisor at First Choice Bank

Nicole M. Thompson, MBA Child Development
— A Great Beginning Child Development

and Gerald E. Thompson, Founder/Executive Director