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Best Practices for Supporting the Class of 2020 Foster Youth

May 2020: First Star, in collaboration with United Friends of the Children, and FosterEd (NCYL) drafted a two-page document to assist school-based professionals with guidance on how to best support foster youth during this challenging time. This list of best practice strategies was designed for teachers, counselors, SpEd teams, FY liaisons, administrators, and any individuals [...]

By | 2020-06-25T16:19:10+00:00 May 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Best Practices for Supporting the Class of 2020 Foster Youth

Shaq in the Hat

February 17, 2020: Shaquille O'Neal attended the premier of Foster Boy at the Pan African Film Festival on Monday night. While there he met students from the First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy.  Shaq is focused on bringing awareness to the foster care system as the executive producer of “Foster Boy,” a film [...]

By | 2020-02-19T18:10:44+00:00 February 19th, 2020|News, Press, UCLA Stories, Video|Comments Off on Shaq in the Hat

One woman’s journey out of foster care

One woman’s journey out of foster care and the daunting task of ‘aging out’ for vulnerable youths Natalie Clark entered and exited foster care until ninth grade, when she went in and stayed in. Transitioning to adulthood is especially challenging for foster kids. By Lois M. Collins  Feb 13, 2020, 10:01pm MST Deseret News Article

By | 2020-02-17T19:32:44+00:00 February 17th, 2020|News, Utah, Utah Stories|Comments Off on One woman’s journey out of foster care

Kent State to help children in foster care get to college

https://www.record-courier.com/news/20191226/kent-state-to-help-children-in-foster-care-get-to-college By EILEEN MCCLORY Reporter Kent State University’s resolution for 2020 is to help children in the foster care system in northeast Ohio realize they can succeed once they age out of the system, usually at age 18 or 21. Eighth-graders who have been placed into foster care and have been affected by the opioid [...]

By | 2020-02-13T03:34:42+00:00 February 13th, 2020|Kent State Stories, News, Press|Comments Off on Kent State to help children in foster care get to college

ABC -15 Program helps youth in foster care

TEMPE, AZ — Over 14,000 Arizona children experience foster care. On Saturday, Tonto Creek Camp, along with First Star ASU Academy, held a workshop to provide resources for those children. First Star ASU Academy allows children to have mentorship throughout high school and college. The kids attend get-togethers like Tonto Creek Camp and have [...]

By | 2019-08-26T15:17:17+00:00 August 26th, 2019|Arizona State Stories, Arizona State University, Arizona State Videos, News|Comments Off on ABC -15 Program helps youth in foster care

Fox 11 News – 8/20/19

First Star' makes college real for kids in foster care By Christine Devine  8/20/19 Back to school means continued college prep time for an unlikely group of high school seniors like Khalia, with higher education in mind. Thanks to a non-profit called First Star youth in foster care have been groomed for college since the [...]

By | 2019-08-21T18:32:31+00:00 August 21st, 2019|News, Press, UCLA Bruin Academy, UCLA Stories, Video|Comments Off on Fox 11 News – 8/20/19

STATE OF CALIFORNIA AWARDS $740,000 TO FIRST STAR, SAC STATE

TO STRENGTHEN PATH TO ADULTHOOD FOR STATE’S FOSTER YOUTH ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Funding Will Support New Sacramento-Based Site for First Star Academies, Groundbreaking Program Guiding Foster Youth to College, Careers ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SACRAMENTO and LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2019) -- A groundbreaking educational program that is providing California’s foster youth the critical preparation they need to transition [...]

By | 2020-02-13T03:30:47+00:00 June 28th, 2019|News, Press, Sacramento State Stories|Comments Off on STATE OF CALIFORNIA AWARDS $740,000 TO FIRST STAR, SAC STATE

First Star ASU evens the odds for Arizona foster youth

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190530-first-star-asu-evens-odds-arizona-foster-youth May 30, 2019 For many youth in foster care, the odds of achieving a college education have historically been low, with some sources indicating less than 3% will earn a bachelor’s degree. As a part of Access ASU, the First Star Academy at Arizona State University works to increase those odds through their free, comprehensive four-year college access [...]

By | 2019-05-31T14:59:32+00:00 May 31st, 2019|Arizona State University, News|Comments Off on First Star ASU evens the odds for Arizona foster youth

AZCentral. Op Ed May 24, 2019

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2019/05/24/foster-care-children-need-extra-help-heres-how-arizona-giving/1214017001/ For many of Arizona’s 14,500 foster youth – and more than 440,000 foster youth nationwide – life after leaving foster care can offer few guarantees. Childhoods filled with challenge – constant movement, chronic health problems, poor education, even neglect and abuse – typically yield difficult prospects in adulthood, with a potentially lifelong impact. With May marking National Foster [...]

By | 2019-05-24T17:21:28+00:00 May 24th, 2019|Arizona State Stories, Arizona State University, News|Comments Off on AZCentral. Op Ed May 24, 2019