on foster care issues:

Next year’s goals are GRAND!

| March 27th, 2013

Every year, we ask our returning scholarship recipients to answer an essay prompt as part of the hoops they have to jump through in order to get a scholarship the following.  Small hoops, and we help them through – and good hoops, because they make you think.  Here’s the essay prompt: Everybody has long-term plans [...]

Sometimes it’s not just about classroom learning.

| March 15th, 2013

Recently Amy Hale, a senior at the University of Colorado, Denver, and seven other students from a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs traveled to rural Southwest Guatemala to study sustainable development and health care. We’re proud to have been able to support her trip with FC2S Study Abroad Funding.   Here is what Amy has [...]

Ricardo Redd and Lessons Learned

| February 19th, 2013

Ricardo Redd is a senior at Barry University in Florida, set to graduate next December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and a solid 3.0 GPA.  He’s come a long way in the years we’ve known him, as he’s learned to excel at school and in his chosen craft while handling the responsibilities of independent [...]

“cover and brochure design: Iberia Zafira (BIO Intelligence Service)”

| November 29th, 2012

Stanford University senior Iberia Zafira recently wrote us the following email:     With your support, I was able to achieve my dream of studying abroad in France.  As a Stanford in Government Environmental Policy fellow, I interned with BIO Intelligence Service (BIO), an environmental consultancy in Paris. At BIO, I worked on projects such [...]

A Man of Many Talents

| November 7th, 2012

Meet Arthur Miller – certified nurse’s aide, youth minister, peer advocate, college student, and future proud soldier.  Oh, and former foster youth. Arthur, 22, was placed in the Ohio foster care system at the age of seven.  With 10 placements, he has a lot to say about the system: The best thing about foster care [...]

Friends for Life

| September 3rd, 2012

Faith and Kathy were matched in Foster Care to Success’ vMentor Program, the predecessor to the Academic  Success Coaching Program in 2008 and have formed a close relationship that is important to both of them.  Recently they had the chance to meet, and each of them wrote to tell us about it: Kathy said:  I’ve [...]

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. [...]

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