This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Alex Protzman, founder and director of the LIFE Skills Foundation!

LIFE Skills provides assistance and a safety net to transition-age youth as they make the move toward adulthood and independence as they age out of the foster care system. LIFE Skills’ work is described on the organizations website:

The transition to adulthood can be a challenging experience for anyone, regardless of personal background, socioeconomic status, gender, identity or race. It is certainly more challenging for youth who do not have the economic, familial or social supports that can assist them to overcome the many challenges on their journey to self-sufficiency and independence. LIFE Skills Foundation aims to provide a safety net and support network for transition age youth in Durham, NC, that do not have “someone” to turn to for help. Central to LIFE Skills’ approach is the idea that each transition age youth we work with has the fundamental right to a life of happiness, full of possibility and free from oppression. LIFE Skills is based on the philosophy that programming tailored to the individual is more effective than programming tailored to an idea or funding stream.

As executive director, Protzman works to ensure continual delivery on those promises, and his work in Durham and beyond is what makes him this week’s Hometown Hero! Last year, the foundation served 55 young people, and that number increases every year thanks to a foundation full of folks who care.

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