Like most students, foster youth have post-secondary aspirations to attend college or vocational school. Unfortunately, foster youth often face many barriers — such as a lack of financial resources, lack of emotional support and lack of social opportunities — that make it difficult to obtain a higher education. Our Youth Educational Success Program (YES) addresses these barriers to increase the number of foster youths attending and graduating from a higher education program.

Refer Someone to Join the Program

Do you know someone who can beat the odds? Let us help them meet their post-secondary education goals. Through the YES program, they’ll receive:

  • Assistance navigating higher educational programs. We’ll assist with scheduling and attending campus tours, class enrollment and understanding the financial aid process.
  • Weekly tutoring. We’ll provide weekly individual tutoring in areas where it's needed most.
  • Monitoring of academic performance. As part of the program, we’ll monitor grades, attendance and overall academic performance.
  • Monthly Success Groups. These success groups help youth learn independent living skills.
  • Network of Life Coaches.  Youth will immediately gain a network of support and connections through Life Coaches involved in the program.
  • Guidance with career exploration. We’ll also assist with career exploration with community partners for job shadowing and internships.
Make A Referral

What Makes Someone Eligible?

Adolescents are eligible for the YES program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Current or former foster youth ages 14-23 (at time of application).
  • Has obtained high school diploma/GED/HiSet, or on track to graduate from high school.
  • Attends school regularly.
  • Is currently enrolled or desires to be enrolled in a post-secondary education program or college.
  • Demonstrates dedication and commitment to education.

Call toll-free 855-778-5437 (press 3) to learn more.

Make A Referral

Help Foster Youth Succeed

  • Become a life coach and develop an unconditional relationship with a YES participant, providing stability while they pursue their goals. Some examples of support life coaches provide include sending encouraging phone calls and texts, sharing meals, sending care packages and attending achievement events. We carefully match each life coach with a youth based on their needs and interests.
  • Assist with transportation needs. Often our foster youth have transportation obstacles. As a transportation volunteer you may help youth attend Monthly Success Groups, YES activities and appointments. 
  • Be a tutor. We are always seeking tutors to assist foster youth in the program with math, science, reading and writing.
  • Make a financial donation. Financial contributions allow foster youth to focus on their education while reducing financial and emotional stress. Donations will assist with living expenses, groceries, utilities, rent, books, tuition, testing/application fees and transportation. 
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