New York Coalition Fights to Give Foster Youth an Education

Current successes and predictions for the future are proving it is worth the cost.

Denalee Chapman February 07, 2015
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The Fostering Youth Success Alliance reported last year that only 20% of youth who age out of New York’s foster care system will ever set foot on a college campus. “The instability of multiple home and school placements, a lack of emotional and financial support from parents and the prospect of aging out of the foster care system at age 21 and with no support system are just some of the barriers that prevent many foster youth from reaching their potential.”

Following this report, a New York coalition of 17 social services and advocacy groups requested the state provide financial college support for 375 foster youth, with that number increasing over the years. Additionally, the New York coalition has asked for counseling support for these youth to help them file applications and find tutors. Initial cost for the program would be $2.9 million and will rise each year, reaching $8.6 million by the sixth year. At that point, it is estimated that there would be over 1,200 youth benefiting from the program.

It is estimated that this year about 11,000 children will enter the foster care system in the state of New York. With 25% of kids aging out of foster care becoming homeless within four years and half unemployed by age 24, anything that will assist these youth in furthering their education could make a huge difference.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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