Academy Director: Senemeht Olatunji Senemeht.Olatunji@csi.cuny.edu
The First Star CSI Academy is an ambitious new 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 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 program will culminates in July 2017 when the group experiences college life for an entire month while living in Dolphin Cove, the college’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 youth involved in a holistic way.