The day I turned in my last final exam for this previous semester, I went sledding. As I was screaming down the hill (because, even though it was my idea to go sledding in the first place, I didn't realize how utterly terrifying it would be), I felt stress from the previous semester release.
On April 27th, I will be graduating college with my Bachelor's of Social Work degree. I will be walking across the stage at Eastern Michigan University clothed in a flowing gown and matching cap, shaking the Dean's hand and trying not to trip. In that moment, I will become one of the 3% of students who obtain an undergraduate degree after leaving foster care (Casey Family Programs, 2011).
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” … or is it? For students from foster care, the holiday season can be exceptionally difficult.
My name is Brittany. I am a 22-year-old soon to be graduate of Eastern Michigan University with my Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree. If you saw me walking on campus, you would probably think I look like any other student.......
"I Am Strong" A Poem by Stephanie Otis, MYOI President and Youth from Foster Care
Yonica Dupree, Seita Scholar and Junior at Western Michigan University graciously summarizes the 2013 CFS Leadership Retreat.
Sheila Van Wert, Saginaw Valley State University, Junior shares her thoughts on the last day.
Amberlynne Finet, WMU Seita Scholar & Sophomore fills us in on day 7!
Jessica Willingham, WMU Seita Scholar and Senior, talks about advocacy, fun Washington DC facts, and her new love of frozen yogurt!
Michael Marotta, WMU Seita Scholar and Senior Describes the experience of presenting to White House staffers!
Jennifer Onwenu, MSU FAME Program Senior shares Monday's activities with us!
WMU Seita Scholar Jessica Willingham talks about the first day!
Western Michigan University Seita Scholar Michael Marotta talks about the 12 (yes, 12!) hour bus trip.
On Friday, August 16th 2013, 19 students representing Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Saginaw State University, and Western Michigan University departed Kalamazoo, bound for the Center for Fostering Success' Student Leadership Retreat! Between August 16th and August 24th, student participants will be writing blog entries here, and we invite you to share in their adventure! You can also read updates and see pictures on the Fostering Success Michigan Facebook page!
Fostering Success Michigan is a statewide initiative that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline."Make a Donation