Student Stories

Advocacy & Me

Join Rebecca Y. on her journey of sharing her lived experiences and expertise as an advocate for youth with experience in foster care in Michigan!

Oversharing: The Hidden Shame of Advocacy

Brina Williams, BSW and Foster Care Advocate, explores the shame response related to oversharing. This blog was highlighted nationally by The Imprint and Fostering Media Connections as part of Foster Youth Voice Month in 2022. 

The Power of Voting

Jordi, an advocate and Educate Tomorrow Changemaker attending Grand Valley State University, writes about what voting means for him. 

Voting and Inspiring Change

Brea, an advocate and Educate Tomorrow Changemaker attending Grand Valley State University, writes about the importance of voting and being inspired to make changes for her community. 

What’s Next? By Arielle D.

2020 FSM Student Ambassador, Arielle D., writes this month about the things she's learned about setting herself up for success for virtual learning this Fall! Read her blog!

Inspirational Quick Speak 2020 By Gabby M.

Inspirational Quick Speak is a blog that focuses on staying positive, motivated and trying to always see the better half in all situations. Most people only see things in black and white, but I love to waddle through the grey. Yes, it does exist! We experience so much in our lifetime, and even more with the youth of today. Young people who have experienced foster care no longer have to feel like no one understands what it’s like. I do. I’ve seen, I’ve heard, it’s happened to me too. This blog is for me to reach the other youth who are like me, and I like them. We’re in this…

Mars, Meet Earth

Mars, Meet Earth is a blog written by FSM Ambassador Mars B. while studying abroad. As Mars says, it's all about "getting to know more of the world outside of what I've always known, which is a very small part of everything!" Mars' study abroad was unexpectedly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but lots of lessons were still learned. Mars shares them below! 

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Fostering Success Michigan is a program of Educate Tomorrow 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." 

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