Webinar to Share Lessons From College-Readiness Model

Posted July 25, 2022, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

A group of Black and Brown young people gather in a classroom setting. They are seated at desks—in a circle formation. In the middle of the group, a young Black woman holds a visual aid while leading a presentation.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion will hold a webi­nar at 3 p.m. ET, Aug. 17, 2022 to share strate­gies and lessons from Fos­ter­ing High­er Edu­ca­tion, a col­lege-readi­ness effort for youth who have expe­ri­enced fos­ter care.

The Fos­ter­ing High­er Edu­ca­tion pilot project pairs high school stu­dents with edu­ca­tion advo­cates at two sites with the Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive®. The young peo­ple receive men­tor­ing as they con­sid­er post­sec­ondary options, apply for col­lege admis­sion and seek finan­cial aid. Sup­port con­tin­ues as they enter col­lege to help ensure they have what they need to thrive. The par­tic­i­pat­ing sites are the Mul­ti-Agency Alliance for Chil­dren in Geor­gia and the Youth Pol­i­cy Insti­tute of Iowa.

Dur­ing the webi­nar, pre­sen­ters from the Casey Foun­da­tion, Fos­ter­ing High­er Edu­ca­tion devel­op­ers and part­ners from the two Jim Casey Ini­tia­tive sites will share:

  • an overview of Fos­ter­ing High­er Education’s evi­dence-based com­po­nents, which include edu­ca­tion advo­ca­cy, men­tor­ing and a tai­lored curriculum;
  • the program’s cul­tur­al­ly respon­sive strate­gies and prac­tices used to advance out­comes for youth of color; 
  • rec­om­men­da­tions for prac­ti­tion­ers who work with youth on their post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tion goals; and
  • results from the Fos­ter­ing High­er Edu­ca­tion ini­tial pilot in Wash­ing­ton and ear­ly lessons from the cur­rent pilot programs.

Reg­is­ter here

Research shows that many young peo­ple in fos­ter care want to earn a degree but face daunt­ing chal­lenges as they tran­si­tion to inde­pen­dence and col­lege, includ­ing lack of adult guid­ance and lim­it­ed finan­cial resources,” says Cather­ine Lester, asso­ciate direc­tor of the Casey Foundation’s Fam­i­ly Well-Being Strat­e­gy Group. This is dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly so for young peo­ple of col­or who are in fos­ter care.”

Devel­oped by researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton and Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, Fos­ter­ing High­er Edu­ca­tion aims to help old­er youth in fos­ter care over­come obsta­cles to enrolling and suc­ceed­ing in college.

The webi­nar will high­light evi­dence-based strate­gies that help young peo­ple in fos­ter care ben­e­fit from rela­tion­ships, resources and oppor­tu­ni­ties so they can achieve suc­cess when they pur­sue high­er edu­ca­tion,” says Ilene Berman, senior asso­ciate in Casey’s Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group.

The webi­nar pre­sen­ters include:

  • Cather­ine Lester, asso­ciate direc­tor, Casey’s Fam­i­ly Well-Being Strat­e­gy Group;
  • Ilene Berman, senior asso­ciate, Casey’s Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group;
  • Amy Salazar, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor, Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty — Van­cou­ver, Depart­ment of Human Devel­op­ment, and a devel­op­er of Fos­ter­ing High­er Education;
  • Ami­na Wellons, L.E.A.D.S. edu­ca­tion admin­is­tra­tor, Mul­ti-Agency Alliance for Chil­dren, in Georgia;
  • Clare Dieter, Fos­ter­ing Futures edu­ca­tion advo­cate and men­tor coor­di­na­tor, Foun­da­tion 2, in Iowa; and
  • Mad­dy Day, pro­pri­etor and senior con­sul­tant, Mad­dy Day LLC & Asso­ciates, webi­nar moderator.

Read more about Fos­ter­ing High­er Education

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