Achieving Success: Guidance for Colleges to Better Support Foster Youth

From 2015-2016, Youth Fostering Change has been working to improve access to higher education for foster youth. Foster youth have a more difficult path towards higher education, and the youth advocates' goal was to make it easier for foster youth to prepare for, attend, and graduate from college. This year, Youth Fostering Change created a set of recommendations based on their own educational experiences and feedback from youth at Philadelphia's Achieving Independence Center and alumni of the Youth Fostering Change Program. The guidance document, Achieving Success: Guidance for Colleges to Better Support Foster Youth, highlights specific actions colleges nationwide can take to support foster youth and encourages colleges and universities to pledge to create tangible change on their campuses. The guidance also includes information about tuition waiver options for foster youth.

The youth advocates have already met with representatives from Cabrini College, Community College of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and the UPenn Field Center to discuss their recommendations for improving on-campus support for foster youth. Please reach out to Cathy Moffa, Associate for Youth Engagement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. if you know of any other colleges or universities that may be interested in learning more about how to make their campuses more foster youth friendly.