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First Star Academies

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.

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First Star Academy Fact Sheet

Arizona State University
Cal State San Bernardino
College of Staten Island
Illinois State University
Kent State University
Loyola University Chicago
Rowan University
Rutgers University
Sacramento State
University of Central Florida
University of Miami
University of Utah

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