Helping Foster Youth & Other At-Risk Students Overcome Barriers To Success

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$ 425.00

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Retention is often touted as a supreme goal for colleges and universities. How is it then that more attention is not given to the student group with the lowest national retention rate? Only 3 percent of foster care alumni nationally are completing a bachelors degree, yet 70 percent of high school aged students in foster care express a desire to attend college. There is a significant disconnect between the number of these students who desire to attend college, those that are actually admitted to a college (20 percent), and those that actually complete a bachelors degree (3 percent).

These students face a number of barriers in their lives up until the age of 18 years (and beyond) that make it challenging to succeed in college. However, these youth express the same desire and goals as their peers from non-foster care backgrounds. They too desire a college degree and the social and economic opportunities it provides. We are all in positions where we can make a difference in these students lives.

This population of students, on average, will change high schools five times. They do not often have access to the typical college fairs or have family members to take them on visits. They need an admissions and recruitment structure that meets them, literally, where they are. Once admitted, they often do not have ready access to the paperwork needed to fill out the FAFSA, especially if their particular college requires additional paperwork to prove their independent student status. They are first-generation college students with limited role models in their lives exemplifying collegiate behaviors such as study skills and time management. Oftentimes their housing situations are unstable, including having nowhere to go over school breaks when the residence halls are closed. These students need an advocate and they need their larger collegiate community to be more informed about what university policies actually act as barriers to success for an at-risk student population.

This webinar will educate participants about the specific needs and challenges of the foster care alumni population. Using existing collegiate support models as a basis of understanding, they will also learn how some institutions are successfully assisting these students and helping them reach their goal of completing a college degree. The webinar speakers will provide meaningful lists of the community resources and organizations that higher education must utilize, such as child welfare, social workers, local clinics, and mentors in order to support the foster youth population.

  • Learn more about the foster care alumni population and their specific needs and challenges
  • Connect with specific resources necessary to assist and advocate for these students
  • Be exposed to existing collegiate models that assist the foster youth population, some funded and some zero-budget models
  • Learn about ways the higher education community can collaborate and pool resources with the child welfare community to better assist these students as they transition to college
  • Receive meaningful lists of community resources and organizations that higher education must utilize to successfully assist foster youth
  • 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Enrollment Services
  • Retention Specialists
  • Recruitment & Outreach
  • Advising & Counseling Staff

"If a campus can systematically support former foster youth, who are arguably their most at-risk students, through the completion of a degree, then they will have the services in place to support any student."

Becky Pengelley is the Campus Coach Project Lead at the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she is working through the Florida Reach network to support communities in developing campus programs to serve current and former foster youth enrolled in post-secondary education around the state. Prior to this, Becky served as the Program Coordinator of the Fostering Achievement Fellowship for three years. Working with community leaders, Becky provided development opportunities and support to former foster youth who were pursuing a post-secondary degree in the Tallahassee area.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a degree in Educational Studies, Becky served her first year with the Fellowship as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She is an active supporter of the service and extracurricular activities of the current and former foster youth, including their participation in the statewide foster youth advocacy group, Florida Youth SHINE. Becky is currently working on her Master's Degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Florida.

"Supporting a foster youth through graduation now not only changes their future, it also changes a generation of futures down the road. If one of your life goals is to make the biggest difference for the longest period of time, this is the student group to make that happen. Make a difference."

Joe Murray is currently the Director of University Advising Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He came to FAU with 21 years of experience as the Director of Academic Advising and Retention Services at Miami University's Hamilton Campus. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management degrees from Purdue University. He has helped to develop and refine the Appreciative Advising Inventory and has been part of a national task force aimed at advancing the concept of Appreciative Advising. Most recently, he served on the faculty for the 2010 National Conference on Academic Advising Strategies to Increase Persistence and for the 2011 and 2012 Appreciative Advising Institutes. He is a certified Appreciative Adviser.

Joe works tirelessly to help students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. He has been a driving force behind Ohio Reach, a state and national effort to increase access and retention to higher education for Ohio's Lower Income/Disadvantaged Youth and Foster Care Alumni. He currently is a member of the Florida Reach governing board, where he is working to support similar efforts in Florida. He has served as the Co-Chair of the First-Generation College Student Interest Group for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) from 2007 until 2012.

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Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?

Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

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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.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
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What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
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What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

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Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
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In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

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