Protect Yourself at School

| August 13th, 2013

The new school year is almost upon us. In the flurry of new classes, new books, new friends, and even new places to live, safety is one thing that can be forgotten. Thomas M. Kane, president of The College Safety Zone and author of the book Protect Yourself at College: Smart Choices – Safe Results (Capital […]

August Heroes of the Month – Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley

| August 5th, 2013

In July, I attended the American Bar Association‘s Conference on Children and the Law, and I am glad that I did because I got to hear two foster heroes give the keynote presentation. Kevin Ryan is the president of Covenant House International, which helps 56,000 at-risk and street youths in over 20 cities in six […]

Book Recommendations from Our Scholarship Recipients

| July 31st, 2013

Summer is the perfect time to escape into another world through a book – whether it’s a salacious beach read or a book that gets your brain gears smoking. We asked some of the smartest, most fun people we know – the Foster Care to Success Scholarship recipients – what their favorite books were, and […]

College Funding Spotlight: Casey Family Services (CFS) Alumni Scholarship

| July 23rd, 2013

Finding money to pay for college can seem daunting to students, almost as difficult as any college class. Most students don’t realize that there are scholarships for everything under the sun, and students don’t have to pay them back like they have to with loans. The College of Wooster gives an annual scholarship to students […]

Surprising Tip for Test Success – Have a Snack

| July 22nd, 2013

Have you ever lost your focus or attention in the middle of a test? Has the information you spent hours studying flown out of your head never to return? Stefanie Weisman, author of The Secrets of Top Students: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College, has a surprising tip for maintaining your concentration […]

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 […]