A Letter from the Founder & Director of F-factor


Ellen Young
Founder & Executive Director

Foster children hold a special place in my heart. For a child placed in foster care any number of disturbing or traumatic events will have already taken place in their life. Let's take a moment to recognize a few of these: abuse, sexual or physical, neglect, one or both parents addiction to drugs, or children born with HIV/AIDS or drug addition, parents who have died.  Statistics offer approximately 500,000 children are a part of the foster care system each year, and an estimated 10,000 children are here in Washington state.

To a child statistics do not matter.  What does matter are the experiences that are overwhelming with emotional and mental health consequences, instability, and abandonment. 

Most children will endure the abuse, neglect, and the harmful choices made by the adults around them. The circumstances in which most of these children come from, are harsh and unimaginable.  Placing a child in foster care is what saves their life, but also jeopardizes their future.  Their rate of success is bleak and makes them targets for a life of substance abuse, trafficking, the juvenile and welfare system, and homelessness.  Research proves it is more cost effective to connect and provide resources for foster youth, than to allow them to fall into the depths of our society. As children they don't have a choice where they sleep at night, when they will see their siblings, or what clothes they have on their back. The F-factor is designed to EMPOWER youth, by providing innovative workshops that focus on building self-confidence, giving them a safe place to practice self-expression, and tools to explore their identity. 

 I'm here to do my part!  The F-factor is a grassroots organization with a dedicated spirit! Our goal is to genuinely impact the lives of the children we serve, offering them a light of glimmering hope in the darkness of their trauma.   

The community has embraced The F-factor in various acts of kindness, generosity, and inclusion.  As Executive Director I have sat amongst board members planning swanky events, and shared intimate dinner parties, but what has truly swept me off my feet is the transformation children experience in The F-factor's Fashion Workshops.  Each day that passes I find myself reaching for new heights and savoring the astounding support from our donors and sponsors.  Like foster children, The F-factor relies on the community for success.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our donors, volunteers, and especially the children we serve for showing bravery and resilience through adversity!

My mission is to heal hearts, will you help? 


Ellen Young

**An amazing short film, ReMoved offers insight to the lives of foster children.