About the Company
The Mission Philosophy
The Foston Institute for Holistic Mentoring is a training, publishing, and consulting company whose mission is to guide as many people to adulthood as possible. The problem is that adolescence is too crowded! It is filled with children who have been catapulted there and deprived of their childhood. It is also filled with adults who never left adolescence because they never healed from a childhood trauma. It is also filled with the young people who are supposed to be there, but they are being crowded out by the other two groups. Because so many young people are crowded out of their own developmental space, many have developed an “Addiction to hopelessness.” Adolescence is already turbulent enough without the added pressures of this unique addiction.
The Foston Institute believes that each adolescent has at least one unique gift that needs to be nurtured as the focal point towards his or her journey to adulthood. If young people are not assisted in finding their gifts, their “addiction to hopelessness” worsens. Many cannot find or nurture this gift alone. They must be mentored holistically. In their advertising, traditional mentoring programs use the slogan that “anyone can be a mentor.” We do not believe that this is true. If an adult is not whole or at least on their way to wholeness, they may actually harm the teen they are supposed to be trying to help.
Holistic Mentoring treats the addiction to hopelessness, but it is therefore a two-step process. The first step guides adults toward their own psychological, sociological and theological wholeness. In the second step, those trained adults guide the adolescents to their wholeness. It is the philosophy of the Foston Institute that “before healing others, heal yourself.”
Dr. Foston’s goal now is to train at least 1000 holistic mentors a year to work as effectively with young people as she does. By sensitizing, educating and advocating for young people, The Foston Institute through all of its products and services, works diligently everyday to make the turbulent waters of adolescence less crowded and more navigable.
From its inception on August 1, 1985, and under the name of the Foston Adolescent Workshop, Inc., Dr. Foston helped over 2000 teenagers write and perform three original musicals, copyright 75 songs, produce fourteen television episodes, a gospel album, and latch hook a twenty-five square yard tapestry that says "Don't Do Drugs". She worked with thousands of teenagers by her conducting her special “All-nighters” across the country. Her time was divided into 90% youth, 10% adults. Toward the end of that decade, Dr. Foston realized that she needed a way to reach more teenagers and to reach them faster. She was blessed to write poetry that managed to put the pain of her teenage patients on paper. Dr. Foston published her first book, You Don’t Live On My Street, in 1991 and by 1995 she had published two more volumes of poetry and was a sought after spoken word artist. She was so busy trying to create an environment where young people could develop their gifts that she wound up thriving also.
Her pivotal year was 1996. Her mother died, she closed her medical practice, and entered seminary. Her time was now divided 90% adults and 10% youth. Answering her call to the ministry, allowed Dr. Foston to sensitize, educate and inspire thousands of people, young and old, through her poetry, speaking engagements and trainings. During this decade she continued to write twenty-four more books and become the premier trainer of trainers in working with adults who want to work with young people. In 2006, the company changed its name to the Foston Institute for Holistic Mentoring to reflect the growth and direction of this ministry.
Because of Dr. Foston extensive wealth of knowledge and her experience as a Poet, Preacher, Presenter, Physician FP, Public Speaker, Published Author, Program Designer, Program Evaluator, Public Health Advisor, and Professional Consultant, the Foston Institute offers training, speaking, and consulting services.
Holistic Mentoring -- one and two day trainings in Holistic Mentoring
Staff Development -- for teachers, social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, ministers, etc
Workshops for students (Feeling Good About Yourself, Yourself Your Health, poetry writing, etc)
Seminars – Grant writing and Self-publishing
Keynotes, End Notes, Luncheon and Dinner addresses on youth, family and community
Motivational Speaking for youth and adult groups
Preaching for Youth Days, Spiritual Retreats, Woman’s Days, Women’s Retreats
Poetry Readings for Schools, churches, colleges, book clubs, prisons, etc.
Fire Side Chats at All-Nighters on issues affecting youth
Program Design, and evaluation for youth services
Grant writing and Grant review for youth services
Conference and Exposition planning for youth attendees
Youth Ministry Development
The Foston Institute has Books, Posters/Poems, CD’s, Cassettes, Apparel, and Mugs available for purchase online.
The products include...
Novels – The Conversation (a murder mystery) I-65: A Lonely Road (an autobiography)
Inspirational – Peace on Earth (daily devotional)
Poetry Books – A Blessing, A New Day, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Comin’ Home, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, For God’s Sake, Givin’ Thanks, In God’s Time, Miracles Can Happen, No Cross No Crown. No Forwarding Address, No Stoppin’ Sense, Pictures of the Wedding, Sunday Go To Meeting, Sweet Memories, The Parade, Time to Pray, When You Have Been Alone, While You Were Gone, You Don’t Live On My Street
An Aids Prayer, A Dangerous Assumption, Come Inside, Finally, Look for the Butterfly, My Wings, So I Thought, The Black Woman’s Book, There is a Gift, You Don’t Live On My Street
You Don’t Live On My Street (Part I)
You Don’t Live On My Street ( Caps and T-Shirts)
Poor is Chapter One, Hard is Chapter Two, Responsibility is Chapter Four, Staying Alive is Chapter Five, Selfless is Chapter Six, Spirituality is Chapter Seven, Difficult is Chapter Eight, Self-Love is Chapter Nine, Determination is Chapter Ten