Barriers To Success: Supporting Foster Youth In Higher Education

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$ 425.00

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Research on the educational attainment of foster youth demonstrates that this group is one of the most disproportionately underserved populations in higher education, and although it is viewed as a powerful determinant in changing the trajectory for foster youth, studies demonstrate that as few as 3–10% of foster youth will complete a college degree. Legislation at both the State and Federal level attempt to support increases in the educational attainment levels of foster youth, but educators continue to face challenges as they endeavor to help improve the outcomes of this invisible student population.

Understanding the experiences of foster youth is critical in serving this vulnerable student population. Research demonstrates that foster youth experience extremely poor adult outcomes as compared to their peers, including significantly higher rates of unemployment, pregnancy, homelessness, and lower rates of educational attainment at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Webinar participants will gain an understanding of the primary barriers to the success of foster youth in higher education, and will take away research proven strategies to developing effective programs to capitalize on the resilience and support educational equity for their students.

During this presentation, Poppy Fitch, a counselor & administrator with 25 years of higher education experience and an authentic voice in the foster youth experience, will share her story, as well as research proven fundamentals to breaking down barriers to success for foster youth.

  • Explore experiences common to foster youth in higher education
  • Review data on foster youth
  • Examine Federal regulations aimed at improving outcomes for foster youth
  • Explore the needs of foster youth in transition
  • Learn the research proven components of effectively breaking down barriers to educational success of foster youth
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Outreach & Recruitment Staff
  • Advising & Counseling
  • Retention Specialist
  • Any educator interested in supporting foster youth

Poppy Fitch is the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, ADA/Title IX Coordinator, and established the Office of Student Access and Wellness at Ashford University. For more than 20 years, Poppy has worked in community college and university settings in social justice advocacy roles. Prior to joining Ashford, Poppy worked at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges in the California Community College system in the Disability Services office for 15 years in direct service capacities including Student Services Specialist, Disability and Academic Counselor, and as a college readiness Instructor.

Poppy earned her Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Counseling, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, both from San Diego State University. Her passion is improving access and educational equity in higher education for underserved students. Poppy is co-author of A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education: Managing Across the Generations (Routledge). A Gallup Organization trained Strengths Educator and Mentor, Poppy is committed to Strengths based approaches and has presented on these topics at numerous conferences including the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the College Board, and the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, and to college and university audiences throughout the United States.

As a former foster youth, Poppy’s authentic voice and enthusiasm for educational access and equity is informed by her life experiences. Her doctoral research focuses on the experiences of foster youth who have completed post-secondary degrees. She is fiercely committed to ensuring that youth and adults are free to reach their fullest potential through the transformative power of education.

Poppy and her husband Mike Robinson live in San Diego, CA and are proud parents to Hannah (18) and Kane (17), and to their Beagle Ruby.

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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

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  • 30 days prior: Full refund
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New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

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