Additional Supports Domain
Research has long shown that the presence of a caring adult makes a significant difference in the life of a young person. Accordingly, each Fellow will be assigned a mentor who will stay with them for a minimum of one year. Ideally, the same mentor would be available to each student throughout the duration of their involvement in the FAF Program.
Mentors are recruited, selected and assigned before the first semester in College.
Among other things, mentors will be expected to:
- Attend orientation with Fellows
- Provide casual mentoring during monthly eat and meets
- Make weekly contact in person or by telephone, email, or other means
- Be available on a reasonable basis to respond to any questions or requests made by their assigned Fellow
- Peer Mentors from the TCC Board of Trustees’ Scholarship program will be matched with incoming Fellows for their first semester at TCC.
Eat and Meet
The Eat & Meet is a monthly function with multiple purposes. First, it provides an opportunity for continued relationship building between Fellows and their mentors. Second, it provides a time to update Fellows and mentors on progress in the FAF program. Third, Eat & Meets are an opportunity to discuss any barriers or obstacles that a youth may encounter that would be beneficial to share with the group. Finally, these informal sessions are opportune times to collect feedback from the Fellows on the FAF program and how it might be improved. Eat and meets are also a good time to explore and discuss resources such as “On Your Own But Not Alone“.
At each Eat and Meet, Fellows and Mentors will receive a monthly newsletter with news and dates of upcoming events. Dinner is provided to all Fellows and Mentors. FAF Collaborative members are welcome to attend but they must purchase their own dinner.
TCC Student Success
- TCC does have 2 mental health counselors on campus who are available to students
- This will be discussed with students during the orientation
The monthly Eat and Meets will include personal development activities and monthly group discussions centered on:
- Decision making
- Health living
- Dealing with stress
- Healthy relationships
- Time management
Handbook: "On Your Own But Not Alone"
Many times, those aging out of Foster Care ask the same questions that other former Foster Youth have asked time and time again. To answer these questions and help Foster Youth get the information they need quickly and efficiently, the American Bar Association and Florida’s Children First collaborated to write a guide entitled “On Your Own But Not Alone”. This informative manual is an essential how-to guide and resource directory that can help Fellows get answers to the most common questions they may have about independent living.
A few of the subjects covered in this guide include:
- How to get involved in the community
- What happens when Foster Youth turn 18
- What documents foster youth should get when they leave Foster Care
- How to manage money
- How to find a place to live
- How to continue getting an education
Each Fellow will receive a copy of “On Your Own But Not Alone” at the outset of the program.
Bus is free while a TCC Student.
FAF will develop an incentive program to help Fellows purchase a car if they meet all criteria as outlined, this is something that may be held until the program has been in place for a few years
Events – arrangements will be made to either use a van or College’s van to chauffer them
As a result of their dependent status, all Fellows should be eligible to participate in the federal Medicaid program. Benefits received through Medicaid will be supplemented by additional services made available by FAF Program partners.
Begins with Independent Living and continues with FAF Coordinator:
Assistance will be provided to Fellows for a period of one year following graduation from TCC. This will provide assistance to Fellows as they transition to additional higher education options or integrate into the workforce in their chosen profession.
Although no financial assistance will be provided, Fellows will have access to the following:
- Mentoring for a period of one year
- Assistance with applying to and preparing for University (TCC Student Success Center)
- Career search assistance (TCC Career Center)