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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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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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

Volunteers 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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gwa_picnicFirst Star Greater Washington Academy Community Picnic & Graduation Celebration

June 4th, 2016 – George Washington University – Mount Vernon Campus

This is a wonderful opportunity for FSGWA to thank parents, community partners and individuals for their support over the 2015-2016 academic year and to recognize our amazing seniors who are graduating!  All are welcome for the day’s event and Red Hot and Blue will cater food.

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