Conversations with CASA – Susan McDowell

Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs talks with Susan McDowell, CEO of LifeWorks Austin, a nonprofit that is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking self-sufficiency.

LifeWorks has more than 50 years’ experience working with youth experiencing homelessness, youth aging out of foster care, young adults and young parents. Today, LifeWorks provides 19 programs designed to bolster self-sufficiency under the categories of Housing, Counseling, and Education/Workforce. Their goal is to end youth homelessness in Austin by ensuring it is rare, brief and non-recurring.

Youth in foster care are at a much higher risk than their peers of safety issues and negative outcomes like running away, being victimized by traffickers and experiencing homelessness. Vicki and Susan discuss how CASA and other advocates can best serve these youth and keep them safe.