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First Star's Foster Youth Academies keep youth on track for high school graduation and prepare them for college
99% of First Star youth graduate high school, 91% go on to higher education.
“You are no longer foster children... You are First Star students...and you will shine.”-Peter Samuelson
President and Co-founder, First Star
Are the pathway to college and careers through
Academics - Life Skills - Caregiver Engagement and Peer Mentorship.
Help us keep changing the odds for foster youth.
First Star partners with universities and child welfare agencies throughout the country to make a long-term investment in foster youth and change the course of their lives, from abuse and neglect to academic achievement and self-sufficiency. The Academies are a long-term college readiness programs for high school foster youth that include both four immersive residential summers on a university campus, and monthly sessions during each school year. During the residential sessions, the youth are not only supported by highly qualified professionals, but also by peer mentors who are former foster youth attending the host university. Throughout all four years, Academy staff provides holistic, long-term education case management to the youth and their families to sustain the progress youth make during the university-immersion sessions.