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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 | 2019-06-28T17:24:01+00:00 June 28th, 2019|News, Press|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

The May 2019 California Welfare Watch

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the May Revise, his updated state budget proposal. With a host of child welfare proposals on the table, Newsom surprised many across the state by voicing his support for improving the state of California’s dependency courts, calling high caseloads for child welfare attorneys “a heartbreaker.” (Read more about a [...]

By | 2019-05-20T17:07:38+00:00 May 20th, 2019|News|Comments Off on The May 2019 California Welfare Watch

ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

First Star ASU Academy gives foster youth confidence in their future January 28, 2019 For the thousands of Arizona youth currently in foster care, obtaining a college education is an achievement that may seem out of reach. But Arizona State University and national nonprofit First Star are working together to help these students envision a future that [...]

By | 2019-01-28T23:58:41+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Arizona State University, News|Comments Off on ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

WellCare Donates $500,000 to First Star

    WellCare Donates $500,000 to First Star’s Groundbreaking Educational Program for Foster Youth Advancing Better Lives for Foster Youth in Arizona   PHOENIX and TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2018) — In Arizona and elsewhere, all too often young people in foster care lack opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the [...]

By | 2019-01-15T22:17:50+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Arizona State Stories, Arizona State University, News, Press|Comments Off on WellCare Donates $500,000 to First Star