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Lois M. Collins Deseret News March 30, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — States remove abused and neglected children from dangerous or troubling situations every day and place them in foster care, promising to keep them safe. That doesn’t mean the children are promised an especially bright future. Statistics are disheartening, despite the good intentions and [...]

By | 2017-03-30T21:32:13+00:00 March 30th, 2017|News, Press, Utah, Utah Stories|Comments Off on First Star Academy – University of Utah

Foster Youth College-Prep Program Taps into University Resources, Generates Success

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/foster-youth-college-prep-program-taps-university-resources-generates-success/21289

By | 2016-09-26T15:54:37+00:00 September 26th, 2016|News, Press|Comments Off on Foster Youth College-Prep Program Taps into University Resources, Generates Success

Readiness program aims to enrich foster youth education opportunities

 Daily Bruin August 1, 2016 Rosie Chavez has lived most of her life in the foster system moving to different schools, homes and families, sometimes spending only a couple weeks in one place. “One thing I really struggled with was fitting in with the families,” Chavez said. “They didn’t treat us like they treated their [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Blog, News, Press, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on Readiness program aims to enrich foster youth education opportunities

Foster Care to College: Scholarships for South Jersey Students

BRIDGETON, N.J. July 20, 2016 – Lamenting that less than ten percent of youths in foster care go on to achieve a bachelor's degree, the South Jersey First Star Collaborative announced that 30 full college scholarships for such students will be provided by the Give Something Back Foundation. Nationally, only about 50 percent of foster [...]

By | 2016-08-26T18:04:19+00:00 July 27th, 2016|News, Press, Rowan, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Foster Care to College: Scholarships for South Jersey Students

Voiceless Children: The Civil Rights Revolution that Never Began

Along with Soledad O'Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group, and highly regarded journalist, highlight hour America's 400,000 abused and neglected children in foster care have few ways to shape their destinies. They have no lobby, no access to capital, no power of the vote.

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Blog, News, Press, Video|Comments Off on Voiceless Children: The Civil Rights Revolution that Never Began

Rhode Island foster children spending month at URI

Rhode Island foster children spending month at URI to see what life could be like with college in their future at First Star URI Academy

 

Media Contact: Ericka Tavares, 401-874-2935

 

KINGSTON, R.I., July 19, 2013 - For 27 Rhode Island foster children, a summer month spent at the University of Rhode Island could hold the key to a future where college is a reality. The high school students arrived on the Kingston campus July 7 and will spend four weeks in the First Star URI Academy, immersed in the college experience.

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:11+00:00 August 13th, 2013|Press|0 Comments

Two Washington Organizations Offer a Life-changing Opportunity to Local Foster Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­ June 17, 2013 - Only a fraction of foster children actually finish college, but the First Star Greater Washington Academy and the George Washington University (GW) are hoping to improve their odds by offering a new program, beginning next month. 

 
For four weeks this summer, the First Star Academy presents students with a preview of college life through an academically rigorous residential immersion experience at GW. The First Star Greater Washington Academy is a year-round program for 30 foster youth entering 9th and 10th grade in Fairfax County, Va., and the District of Columbia. The academy provides students with academic support, enrichment and encouragement to help them become competitive applicants for subsequent admission to college.

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:12+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Press|0 Comments

First Star President at Clinton Global Initiative America Discussing Foster Academy Expansion

Chicago, IL June 13, 2013 - Leading foster youth-focused advocacy organization, First Star, is discussing dramatic expansion of its Foster Academies to new universities, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting in Chicago. The organization addresses the educational disadvantages faced by almost all foster youth: Currently 30% of Americans earn a Bachelors Degree, while only 3% of Foster Youth have that advantage.

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:12+00:00 June 13th, 2013|Press|0 Comments

Part 5: State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S.

Part Five of remarks given at a Capitol Hill briefing for the release of a report called: "State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S." The report found that information about child abuse deaths and near-deaths that could help prevent future tragedies remains veiled behind many states' restrictive disclosure laws, highlighting the urgent need for [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:47:12+00:00 May 29th, 2012|Blog, News, Press, Video|0 Comments