Putting Children First

Our academies pave the path to college and careers.

Our report cards advocate for legal rights and policy reform.

Our events help make it all possible.

Help us keep changing the odds for abused and neglected children.


Inspired by First Star? Help us help abused and neglected youth! First Star is a 501(c)(3) public charity and relies on support from individuals, corporations and 
private foundations. Even $5 makes a difference.

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Support First Star

University-run First Star Academies offer foster youth the opportunity to attend life-changing college-readiness programs. Our policy, advocacy and research influence how our government and courts take care of abused and neglected children and youth.  These are big jobs – can you help?

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Attend an Event

We want to meet you! Our events are a wonderful way to get to know our students and staff. Come celebrate with us and see first-hand how First Star works. You’re invited!


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Become a Volunteer Big Brother Big Sister

bigbrotherVolunteers are needed to be matched with a Little Brother or Little Sister who is in the  Foster Care system and have fun outings in the community twice a month for 2 – 4 hours at a time. We are especially looking for volunteers who would be interested in mentoring a current 9th grade student and encouraging high school success and college readiness.    You get to be a kid again while you give a child the invaluable gift of friendship.

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Cheers for Children 2015


November 2, 2014 6-9pm

A Benefit Reception & Wine Tasting for First Star at Franco Nuschese’s Landmark Washington Restaurant


Great food, great wine & a great silent auction.

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