Fostering Success Michigan, an initiative of the Center for Fostering Success at Western Michigan University, provides backbone support through resourcing, supporting and networking Michiganâs partners who insulate the education to career pipeline for students from foster care ages 12 to 25 years old. In 2011, a $700,000 investment from the Kresge Foundation launched this $1 million initiative, building a statewide network to increase access and success in postsecondary education and professional careers for students from foster care. Guided by Collective Impact framework, Fostering Success Michigan is leveraging partnerships, identifying barriers to accessing postsecondary education and providing resources to increase the outcome of educational attainment and successful entrance into the professional workforce for students from foster care.
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Fostering Success Michigan partners with a diverse network of students and professionals to increase access and success in postsecondary education and professional careers for students from foster care.
The ultimate goal of this initiative is to increase college-going rates and successful career transitions among Michigan's youth and alumni of care by building a network to support college campuses and local community organizations to aid youth in foster care. Using a Collective Impact framework, we increase knowledge and skills of network members so that they may optimally respond to the needs of youth and alumni of foster care ages 12 to 25 in ways that not only promote access and success in postsecondary education, but also in transitioning successfully to the career of their choice.
Resourcing, supporting and networking partners who insulate the education to career pipeline for stu
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