University of California, Berkeley, California Youth Connection, Los Angeles

Ensuring Successful Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth in Higher Education

Foster youth are among the most underrepresented student populations on college campuses. Nationwide, it is estimated only 1-3% of foster youth graduate from college. Why is this so? In this panel presentation, attendees will learn causes of this abysmal statistic and how their campuses can best serve foster youth to ensure better educational outcomes. Best practices for advising and counseling foster youth, impact of college support programs, importance of collaboration in delivering services, and strategies for positive student development and engagement will be discussed.

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