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Mr. Talented: Foster Youth as Entrepreneur

| August 16th,2012

Augustus Shaw Bow Ties Mr Talented Foster Youth FC2S

Meet Augustus Shaw, aka Mr. Talented, Shaw is a former foster youth who is attending NYC’s SUNY Fashion institute of Technology with the help of FC2S’ Education Training Voucher program. He’s also an entrepreneur pioneering the art of the bow tie. “I feel at home when I get dressed or decide to create something unique. I create [...]

Back to School for Foster Youth

| August 14th,2012

While preparing for school in September is an exciting time for most students across the U.S., for foster youth it can be downright scary. Casey Family Programs has reported that 65 percent of those who grew up in foster care changed schools seven or more times from kindergarten through their senior year of high school! It’s [...]

“I’ll Survive”

| August 7th,2012

Alisha Adkins is a former foster youth survivor. She wrote the poem below while she was in 10th grade struggling to overcome what she described as a “horrible home life”. At the time, the only adult who listened to her and mentored her was her English teacher, who encouraged her to write her feelings down [...]

Foster Care By The Numbers

| August 6th,2012

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has just released The State of America’s Children® 2012 Handbook. In case you’re not familiar with their work, CDF is an excellent national nonprofit that pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. And their new handbook has a lot to say about foster youth. [...]

From Foster Youth to Doctor

| August 3rd,2012

Southern Illinois University’s Department of Psychology is reporting on one of our students: “DOCTOR Smith’s work has appeared in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Career Assessment, and Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.” This is what we like to see: our students earning prestigious titles, degrees and jobs; our students giving back; our [...]

We Cannot Fail

| July 27th,2012

Ever wonder what it feels like to be a young person who has aged out of the foster care system and is struggling to put themselves through college? We received an astounding letter from one of our students, Michael from Ohio, detailing just this. He forwarded it to us after sending it to his county [...]

A Powerful Partnership

| July 26th,2012

Now that our summer InternAmerica program has wrapped up, we’re hearing more and more from our interns about their day-to-day experiences. One such intern is Nikki Goncalves. Nikki interned with Alliant Credit Union – a close partner in our mission to connect foster youth with the education and training they need to successfully enter adulthood. Nikki [...]

It Pays to Be Nice to Everyone

| July 25th,2012

Foster Care Students James

James Spivey is a junior at West Virginia University, studying management information systems. He recently sent us an email, which we thought was very worth sharing! “I learned a valuable lesson today. I was running around campus the entire day to get everything situated for school. Unfortunately, when I got to the financial aid office, they [...]

Success in all Areas of Life

| July 19th,2012

Our students are successful in so many areas of life. Take Condola Williams for example. Condola is a former Education Training Voucher recipient who graduated from a leading Maryland community college in 2010. She’s now a junior at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore Campus. She’s feeling great about her life, her education and herself. You [...]

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