In collaboration with the Office of Children's Services (OCS), the Child Welfare Academy (CWA) is thrilled to announce a program, new to Alaska and unique throughout the country. This program breaks new ground for youth transitioning from foster care to college and careers. In an effort to provide integrated services and promote normal life experiences to youth aging out of foster care, CWA will provide postsecondary education support, intensive case management, and assistance to youth as they navigate the college system. Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds are administered through the CWA. Eligible youth can apply to receive the ETV (up to $5000 per academic year) to be used for books, fees, housing and other needs related to academic support. With this new program, CWA will manage funding for foster youth to attend college or vocational programs that will lead to gainful employment. We hope to encourage youth to participate in the college experience and other programs as they transition to independence.
Youth Education Coordinator
Fostering Success Forum - January 29, 2014
According to the National Casey Foundation, 70% of former foster care youth aspire to attend college. Of those who enroll, just 3-11% ultimately complete a degree. The University of Alaska Anchorage's Child Welfare Academy is working to change that by providing support and resources to help former foster care youth who are students enrolled in the UA system.
Members of the University community are invited to attend a session with Amanda Metivier (Youth Education Coordinator, Child Welfare Academy) to learn more about foster care youth attending UAA. This session will help interested faculty, staff and administrators develop an understanding of the challenges faced by these students; UAA's efforts to improve outcomes; and ways you can offer support to ease the transition from being a child in care to being a confident, independent young adult.