Academy Director: Senemeht Olatunji Senemeht.Olatunji@csi.cuny.edu
The First Star CSI Academy is an ambitious new college readiness program funded by the College of Staten Island (CSI) Foundation that will directly support youth in foster care. CSI has been chosen by First Star, Inc. as the first institution in CUNY and New York State to house the charitable breakthrough program.
Begun during the fall of 2016, approximately 30 high school students from Brooklyn and Staten Island visited the CSI campus one Saturday each month to participate in academic and life skills development programs. The first year of the four-year-long college readiness program will culminate in July 2017 when the group experiences college life for an entire month while living in Dolphin Cove, the university’s apartment-style luxury residence halls, deepening their involvement in the academic and life skills programs.
The First Star CSI Academy is in a unique position to ensure that college and career pathways are created for youth in foster care in New York. It is truly an exciting time to launch the Academy through the collaborative efforts of several vested stakeholders. The First Star CSI Academy will serve as a critical and innovative step in addressing the educational needs of the foster youth involved in a holistic way.
https://www.silive.com/news/2018/07/foster_youth_learn_academic_li.html By Annalise Knudson STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- High school students in foster care from schools across New York City were given the opportunity to live and study at the College of Staten Island this summer. [...]