Nick Wilkerson isn’t shy as he walks the halls of Brownsboro High School.
The 17-year-old greets others and engages in some small talk along the way. He then quickly heads to basketball practice, where he hustles and works with his teammates.
It’s indicative of his positive attitude, which is described by his coach. But his life hasn’t always had positive circumstances.
Due to his family situation, he has been in foster care for the past five years. Now, he is trying to navigate transitioning from the system.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers transitional services and benefits for older youth in foster care and those who have aged out of the system, according to the DFPS website.