SeattlePI.com has a piece on Foster Care to College, a program that, as the name suggests, “help[s] students in foster care pursue and prepare for post-secondary education.”
About 25,000 young people across the country “age out” of foster care each year. Without permanent homes or support from family members, they’re at a higher risk for unemployment, long-term reliance on public assistance, incarceration and homelessness.
In addition to helping with the transition to college, the program also aims to help them go out on their own – into an apartment or dorm – while they’re in college.
“It doesn’t feel like I’m a grown-up. I’m a kid still. I’m in college. But I’m doing all these adult things,” says 18-year-old Victoria Gherman, a 2009 Eisenhower High School graduate.
The bad news? Until this year, there had been five programs like Foster Care to College. Now it is the only one left.