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Director’s Blog – November, 2015

                First Star Greater Washington held its third monthly meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year at The Phillips Collection, November 7th. FSGWA was ecstatic to work with the Phillips Collection and their staff again after following up on a workshop during the 2015 July Summer Immersion Program.  Together with Sara Start Fund and The [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Director’s Blog – November, 2015

Thank You Shenandoah University

To Everyone at Shenandoah University, On behalf of First Star Greater Washington Academy, I want to thank you for the warm welcome during our visit on Tuesday November 17th where we were treated to private meetings with Admissions counselors, Financial Aid advisors, treated a private tour of the University and a wonderful lunch in the [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Thank You Shenandoah University

Director’s Blog – October 2015

The First Star Greater Washington held its second monthly meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year at the Wells Fargo Bank Navy Yard Branch on Saturday, October 24th. FSGWA was grateful that Wells Fargo opened the bank on Saturday just for us. Together with Wells Fargo and the Sara Start Fund we presented a one of a kind Financial Literacy workshop that was engaging and helpful to our youth by focusing on everyday spending.

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Director’s Blog – October 2015

Director’s Blog – Astronomy Night at the White House – October, 2015

It was a very cold night looking at the stars on the White House front lawn. On Monday, October 19th, 2015, the First Star Greater Washington Academy was thrilled that 10 of our students were invited through DC CFSA to the White House! The President welcomed everyone for an evening of learning and space exploration as part of his advocacy for STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). A couple of our students were honored to shake President Obama’s hand and exchange greetings after his speech. A life event that will never be forgotten.

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|Comments Off on Director’s Blog – Astronomy Night at the White House – October, 2015

UCLA Academy Peer Mentor Pursues Ph.D.

As a former foster youth, Adrien Sebro overcame many hurdles to make it to college and succeed at UCLA. Now, while in pursuit of his Ph.D., he dedicates his time inspiring foster youth to look beyond their turbulent past and be uplifted by a promising, limitless future. Read More

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Blog, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on UCLA Academy Peer Mentor Pursues Ph.D.

Rutgers Law–Camden Professor and Law Students Advocate for South Jersey Foster Youth to Ready Them for College

From Rutgers Today | July 22nd, 2015 CAMDEN — On paper, through academic records and evaluations, some of the 30 foster students from across South Jersey being evaluated by Rutgers Law–Camden Clinical Associate Professor Meredith L. Schalick and her two law students might seem problematic, possibly beyond reach. This impression coincides with research on foster [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Blog, Rowan|Comments Off on Rutgers Law–Camden Professor and Law Students Advocate for South Jersey Foster Youth to Ready Them for College

Ready for Summer, June 6, 2015

All of our students, families, social workers, volunteers and other individuals involved with our First Star Greater Washington Academy were invited to our Information Session and BBQ lunch on Saturday, June 6th at the Child and Family Services Agency building in DC. Students, parents, social workers and care givers arrived at 9:30 a.m. and shared social time over breakfast before beginning [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|0 Comments

May 2015 – Saturday May 16th Monthly Meeting at CFSA – Public Speaking

Our students were greeted at the CFSA building with a wonderful breakfast treat and lots of catching up together. We circled up to talk about our collaboration and to study for our vocabulary quiz. Immediately following this review, we were graced with a powerful and fun public speaking workshop run by several representatives from Deloitte. [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Blog, FSGWA|0 Comments

Gen Y and Prosocial Media Solutions for an Imperfect World: Peter Samuelson at TEDxUCSD

Peter Samuelson has been described as a "serial pro-social entrepreneur". In 1982, inspired by a little boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, Peter conceived of the Starlight Children's Foundation — an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children. Starlight has grown to offer eight core psycho-social programs, each restoring some of the [...]

By | 2015-06-30T23:34:21+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Blog, Video|0 Comments

Fostering Justice – Children Need A Lawyer!

The Children's Rights Litigation Committee (CRLC) is engaged in a multiyear project to ensure that every child involved in an abuse and neglect case is appointed a quality lawyer. Lawyers can improve outcomes for foster youth and help them to secure a permanent home faster. The CRLC created a new PSA focused on educating both [...]

By | 2015-06-30T23:34:36+00:00 June 7th, 2013|Blog, Video|0 Comments