Webinar to Share Lessons From College-Readiness Model
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.
“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.