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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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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.
May 22, 2013 - Schiff Hardin will assist First Star Greater Washington Academy with its goal of steering more foster kids in the Washington, D.C., area toward a college education by supporting the Academy's Celebration of Learning event on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Part Four 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 [...]