Founder of True Up

Frank Harshaw

Frank Harshaw

As a boy, Frank Harshaw experienced some of the difficult challenges of growing up in foster care. With help and encouragement from others, he was determined to gain an education, a good job and an independent life.

Today, Mr. Harshaw, a successful businessman with a loving family of his own, is determined to help foster youth in Jefferson County and across Kentucky escape the common trap of poverty. He’s leading a movement, known as True Up, to ensure foster youth learn basic life skills and gain the education they need to become strong, independent adults.

Executive Director

Nikki Thornton

Nikki ThorntonNikki Thornton is the Executive Director of True Up, which is a movement that empowers young people in foster care to lead self-sufficient, productive lives and recently partnered with Kentucky Youth Advocates to expand its reach statewide. She is the Board Chair for the Coalition Supporting Young Adults and JumpStartKY and serves on several other boards and committees. Nikki is a trainer for Trauma Informed Care, Love Notes, and Youth Mental Health First Aid and is a Certified Youth Care Professional, Level Three. Nikki is passionate about working with and supporting young people. She enjoys organizing, walking, and spending time with her children, family, friends, and dog.

Champions Contact List

Boys and Girls Haven
Jeannette Stratton

Family Scholar House
Demitria Collins-Love

Home of the Innocents
Erin Crutcher

Bethany Rife

Seven Counties Services
Alex Darrow

St. Joseph’s
JoAnn Childers

Peer Network Members

Cameron Hoover
Cynthia Schepers
De’Asia Smith
Eltuan Dawson
Joseph Bartram
Layfierre Mitchell
Bradley Hiser