SCOTT-FOUNDATION THOUGHT AND SERVICE LEADERS Talking Adoption with Mike Wise and Melissa McCormick Wise
On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States. Adoption can be a life changing experience and yet, Arizona alone has 15,000 children in foster care with hundreds, if not thousands, of children waiting for adoption. Many are returned to their parents only to return back into the system with little or no coping skills once they reach adulthood.
Having people like Mike Wise and Melissa McCormick Wise wanting to adopt, and having a hard time with the process, is why so many youth are not adopted and eventually age out, without ever knowing what it’s like to be in a stable family environment. We are honored to know Mike and Melissa and thank them for their undying support of Scott Foundation. The youth of Scott Foundation consider them family.
Scott Foundation is a four year program that guides the youth to become Thought and Service Leaders in the Community. Colleen and Tim, also known as “Mamma Colleen and Pappa Tim” help to give them that stability of support that they may not get in a group home setting.
Michael Wise is a Technology Leader and Thought Leader at one of the world’s largest Technology Solutions distributors helping Resellers to connect tighter with their customers to bring technology solutions to the market that focus on the betterment of all. He is married to Melissa McCormick Wise and together they have been proponents of children in the foster system and hope to bring more support to this community.
Melissa McCormick Wise grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona surrounded by the real estate industry. Her father, Curt McCormick, a real estate broker for 45+ years, has had his own company in Scottsdale for almost 40 years, plus her mother & aunt both worked as REALTORS® for more than 15 years with the company.
Melissa began her real estate career with her father in 1996. She has been dual licensed in 2 states, Texas and Arizona. Melissa regards “customer service” as her top priority, followed by dedication, loyalty and honesty. According to Melissa, one of the great attractions and challenges of real estate is it’s ever changing nature, and she makes it a priority to remain flexible when conditions necessitate this.
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ABOUT THE THOUGHT & SERVICE LEADER Podcast and Scott-Foundation
Scott-Foundation has big aspirations and a different path for Arizona foster youth. They imagine a journey that changes the face of humanity and inspires their kids to be their absolute best today while making tomorrow’s world a much better place for all. They imagine an education and societal system focused on the power of community rather than competition; and they imagine a world where children are taught we are not separate, but instead, we are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves – we are one.
Scott-Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the future of Arizona foster youth who wish to make the world better than they found it. The foundation produces year-round experiential programming that highlights, inspires and educate youth on the importance of social emotional well-being, while mindfully developing their heart and purposeful career path.
WHAT DO YOU LEAVE BEHIND? What kind of person do you want to be? Life/Legacy Plan – What is the history of your future? How can you make the world better than you found it?
Motivated by tragedy, youth transform to find their true self and become self- supporting, successful, community-minded, “compassionate people”.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
Autumn Wilson has proudly stepped into the Community Relations Specialist position with Scott-Foundation as well as continued work as a Thought & Service Leader and Mentor.
Having been in the foster care system since she was 3, she began her Scott-Foundation journey at 15 and her passion is “helping others”. Things that make her the happiest is her sisters, helping people and “knowing” she will never be like the people who hurt her.
She describes herself as brave, courageous and kind. Her challenge is trust, very hard to do, and her biggest fear is being left alone, being lonely and empty.
Her direction in life has always been very clear for her since she was little, with a dream to be an Inspirational Public Speaker and possibly a Therapist advocating for kids in foster care. She’s grown a lot since she’s been with Scott-Foundation and very quickly declared her wish to take the Founder & CEO of the Scott-Foundation’s position, Colleen Walski.
If she could make one rule that everyone in the world had to obey, it would be – “Everyone would be caring.”
When asked how she wants to help the world, Autumn shares, “I want to make it safer, better for us to live in. I want everyone to know there are people that are out there and care about them.”
Her future is bright with career interests of being a Thought & Service Leader, Public Speaker, helping others use their voice, being there for others, making her mark on the world and by making Scott-Foundation’s worldwide and breaking the cycle of foster care.
SarahAnn Goree, Thought & Service Leader & Mentor. Her Scott-Foundation journey began at 14 and her passion is helping others in need, drama club and writing. She is happiest when she is helping her siblings and others; and loves being together with them.
She describes herself as nice, funny, caring, loving and terrific. Her challenge is depression and bad memories along with her eye sight. Her biggest fear is not being able to feel and control her emotions.
Heading into her third year she has found her gift of “love that guides her to stay strong as a growing leader. Her future is bright with career interests of starting a band, dancing, singing and acting, writing, public speaking and helping other foster kids. Her wish for the future is to be successful and help others. She wants to be an actress with a message of peace and nonviolence.
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