YOUTH EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS (YES) PROGRAM

Like most students, youth in foster care have post-secondary aspirations to attend college or vocational school. Unfortunately, youth in foster care often face significant 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.
  • Academic support. We’ll assist in creating a plan to meet each student's individual academic needs and connect them to other academic resources.
  • Monitoring of academic performance. As part of the program, we’ll monitor grades, attendance and overall academic performance, as well as problem solve barriers with the youth as they arise.
  • Monthly Success Groups. These groups help youth learn skills to be successful in pursing and completing their higher education goals.
  • Network of Life Coaches. Youth will immediately gain a network of support and connections through peers, Life Coaches and volunteers.
  • 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 youth in foster care ages 15-23 (at time of application).
  • Has obtained high school diploma/GED/HiSet, or is 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.

Contact Abby Kay at abby.kay@cornerstonesofcare.org or (816) 401-2586 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.
  • 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. 
Contact Us

Listen to Our Podcast About the YES Program