on foster care issues:

July – the Unofficial ETV Month

| July 18th, 2013

Come around the Foster Care to Success office in July, and you’ll find our phones lit up like Manhattan skyline as students apply for the Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Program, which provides funding and support to foster youth for post-secondary education. The application process is easy, but understandably, nerve-wracking for students trying to make sure [...]

A Foster Student Tells His Success Story

| July 16th, 2013

Jonathan Valerio graduated from George Washington High School in New York this spring. Not only did he get his degree, he also was a commencement speaker, which is a big honor. In the fall, Jonathan will be attending the New Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Foster Care to Success is [...]

Students from the Foster Care System Speak Out

| July 15th, 2013

In a panel at the American Bar Association Conference on Children and the Law last week,  three successful students who’ve been in the foster system discussed what it was like trying to balance school, work, and the demands of living in the child welfare system. In their panel discussion – “Voices from the Child Welfare System” – the [...]

July 2013 Heroes

| July 5th, 2013

We couldn’t choose just one hero for July, and if you knew the 2013 Aim Higher Fellows, you would know why. In early June, a group of 22 nervous college students gathered in Washington, D.C. as the inaugural Foster Care to Success Aim Higher Fellows. No one knew each other. Many hadn’t been to Washington [...]

June 2013 Hero – Tremale Berger

| June 28th, 2013

“You can share a story and people can carry that story forever.”  – Tremale Berger Former foster student Tremale Berger’s love of speaking took him somewhere he never expected – the largest speech contest in the world: The 2013 Toastmasters International Speech Contest.  Each year, nearly 30,000 people from around the world compete for the [...]

Semester at Sea Adventure by Molly Sobol

| June 10th, 2013

Right now I am sailing on the MV Explorer on my way from Ghana to Morocco, I have spent this semester circumnavigating the globe on the Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 voyage, thanks to the generous support of Foster Care to Success. In the last four months I have had the opportunity to spend time [...]

Foster Care Highlighted on New Television Show

| June 3rd, 2013

Have you ever liked a character on a television show because he reminds you of yourself? Have you ever connected with a character because you’ve gone through the same types of life events? People who’ve gone through the foster care system have had difficulty finding anyone exactly like them on TV – until now.   [...]

May 2013 Heroes

| May 8th, 2013

Grandfather

May, as we all know, is Foster Care Month.  A time to celebrate ALL the foster care heroes.  We asked our students to tell us who they would call a hero, and we got hundreds of responses – far too many to post on a blog!  It was very hard, but we chose a representative [...]

“My life is much richer just by knowing her.”

| April 11th, 2013

Morgan and Michelle are part of the Foster Care to  Success Academic Success Coaching Program.  The boundaries of this program state that meetings in person are not permitted; however, occasionally an exception is made for coaches and students with a longstanding relationship.  Here is Morgan’s story of meeting her coach, Michelle, for the first time [...]

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