Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth
Author: Helios Education FoundationMarch 4, 2019
Helios Education Foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of individuals in both Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Ensuring students not only have access to, but also complete a postsecondary education is the combination of numerous factors.
Often students find themselves overwhelmed having to navigate credit requirements, financial aid, and other stresses associated with a postsecondary education. While challenged by this complexity, the majority of students benefit from support systems that provide direction and counseling. Regrettably, former foster youth frequently find themselves overwhelmed and lacking guidance and resources, leaving them discouraged and disengaged at the onset of their postsecondary career.
In our newest education brief, Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth, Helios Education Foundation joined Educate Tomorrow to examine the legislative landscape around foster youth in Florida as well as current best or promising practices for supporting former foster youth in postsecondary education. This brief also explores the impact of Florida statute 409.1452, which establishes collaboration between the Department of Children and Families, the Board of Governors, the Florida College System, and the Department of Education to address the academic needs of former foster youth. Lastly, we outline recommendations to improve student outcomes.