Foster Youth Ages 13-17
26,000 youth age out of foster care system each year. Research shows that youth who have left foster care are more likely to drop out of high school, to be unemployed, and to be dependent on public assistance when compared to other youth. Other outcomes these youth often experience include more mental health problems, drug use and involvement with the criminal justice system. It is clear that these young adults formerly in foster care face significant challenges in many aspects of everyday living.
With the support of Big Bend Community Based Care (BBCBC), our local lead agency for child welfare prevention and intervention services to children and their families, the FAF program has begun to work with local foster youth ages 13-17 to prepare them for college. By dedicating a second Program Coordinator and utilizing the Federal Work Study Program to hire qualified Fellows as staff, the Junior Program is able to actively engage local foster youth during a critical period of development.
For local resources to prepare foster youth for college, please view our monthly newsletters:
Newsletter January 2013.pdf
Newsletter February 2013.pdf
Newsletter March 2013.pdf
Newsletter April 2013.pdf
Newsletter May 2013.pdf