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ASU Academy Kick Off

On Saturday, December 2, First Star ASU held a kickoff event for our foster youth students and their families. An Arizona State University student panel welcomed First Star youth and presented their stories on how they ended up at the university as well as sharing their insights as former youth themselves. From there, the youth [...]

By | 2018-11-26T22:06:59+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Arizona State Stories, Arizona State University|Comments Off on ASU Academy Kick Off

First Star University of Miami Academy – Foster Care Youth Support

The Children and Youth Law Clinic is a key partner, along with UM’s School of Education and Human Development, in First Star University of Miami Academy -- a holistic college prep program for youth impacted by the child welfare system. Foster youth can get tuition waived at Florida state colleges, but lacking the skills, study habits and [...]

By | 2018-11-19T20:28:48+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Miami, Miami Stories|Comments Off on First Star University of Miami Academy – Foster Care Youth Support

First Star UK in the News

Only 6% of care leavers go to university. They deserve better chances. THE GUARDIAN, November 7, 2017 - Ruth Kelly As those who work in education and social care will know, the issue of how we help children in care is a challenge that can sometimes feel intractable. Thanks to numerous policy changes under successive [...]

By | 2017-11-07T19:32:28+00:00 November 7th, 2017|News, Saint Mary's|Comments Off on First Star UK in the News

Sir John Cass’s Foundation Supports UK First Star Academy at St Mary’s

The Foundation has awarded a major grant of £400,000 over the next four years to St Mary’s University, Twickenham towards the First Star Academy, to improve the educational outcomes of young people in care. Emanating from the United States, First Star Academy brings an innovative, inclusive approach to improving access, participation and achievement in education [...]

By | 2017-11-01T17:39:10+00:00 November 1st, 2017|News, Saint Mary's|Comments Off on Sir John Cass’s Foundation Supports UK First Star Academy at St Mary’s

Community coming together for the South Jersey First Star Collaborative

"The Born This Way Foundation, founded by Grammy-award winner Lady Gaga, the South Jersey First Star Collaborative, a college readiness program for foster youth, funded by the Pascale Sykes Foundation, and the Give Something Back Foundation, which provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant eligible students go to college, came together for the installation [...]

By | 2018-11-26T22:20:44+00:00 October 26th, 2017|News, Rowan, Rowan Stories|Comments Off on Community coming together for the South Jersey First Star Collaborative

First Star Academy at Illinois State completes inaugural year

First Star Academy at Illinois State successfully completed its inaugural year on the campus of Illinois State University. First Star at Illinois State University is a college preparatory program for high school aged youth who receive foster care services. The program is administered through the Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies and led by Social Work faculty Deneca [...]

By | 2017-09-18T19:31:18+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Illinois State, Illinois State Stories|Comments Off on First Star Academy at Illinois State completes inaugural year

Summer at the St. Mary’s Academy

This report focuses on the summer residential element of the academy which ran from from 24th July to 19th August with students in residence for that whole period in St Mary’s University halls of residence on the main Strawberry Hill campus (unless time out was previously arranged, for example to accommodate a pre-arranged family holiday). [...]

By | 2017-09-14T18:15:44+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Saint Mary's, Saint Mary's Stories|Comments Off on Summer at the St. Mary’s Academy

Rutgers and the South Jersey First Star Collaborative

The South Jersey First Star Collaborative introduced the First Star Academy at Rutgers University ­ Camden at the First Star National Directors' Conference in February 2017. This marked the beginning of a partnership between national First Star, The First Star Academy at Rowan University, and the First Star Academy at Rutgers University Camden, where national [...]

By | 2017-09-08T20:06:04+00:00 September 8th, 2017|News, Rutgers, Rutgers Stories|Comments Off on Rutgers and the South Jersey First Star Collaborative