FC2S Scholarship Program is the only one of its kind in the United States. Since 1991 over $18 million has been given to foster youth in all 50 states
Foster Care To Success Foundation
Foster Care to Success (FC2S), originally formed as Orphan Foundation of America (OFA), was founded in 1981 as the first national entity solely dedicated to helping older foster youth achieve successful adulthood. FC2S' primary mission is to provide teens leaving foster care with scholarships, grants, coaching support, leadership training and independent living skills training that will enable them to become productive, self-reliant adults.
- FC2S administers the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program for eight states. Approximately $12 M is disbursed annually to help pay school and living expenses for 3000+ former foster youth in colleges and vocational programs in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Ohio.
- FC2S Scholarship Program is the only one of its kind in the United States. Since 1991 over $18 million has been given to foster youth in all 50 states. Scholarships are awarded for academic studies or technical training and funds may be used for books, transportation, housing, child care and other expenses as well as tuition.
- The Academic Success Program (ASP) is a national program matching volunteer coaches with at-risk youth ages 17-25, including FC2S scholarship and ETV students. Taking the cue from the tech-savvy lifestyle of today's youth, the relationship is developed via email, text messaging, telephone and through participation in life skills modules, online forums and bulletin boards on FC2S state-of-the art interactive web portal.
- Working with corporate and retail partners, three times a year FC2S sends Care Packages to 2500 foster youth in post-secondary programs as a reminder that somebody believes in them.
- Senior Year Coaching (SYC) Each year FC2S recruits certified coaches and Human Resources specialists to work with students who will graduate in the spring. SYC is a one-on-one match; beginning in the fall coaches help participants begin the transition from college student to young professional. Our students must hit the ground running after graduation; few have a home to head back to while they look for work so SYC coaches help them position themselves to be realistic, competitive and ready for life after college.
- Aim Higher improves college readiness for foster youth in high school by tapping into the experiences of successful FC2S scholars. Current FC2S students offer advice and guidance to their younger foster care peers about the academic and life skills they need to be successful in college. Using social media, video, and in-person presentations, they serve as role models and help foster teens gain a better understanding of the differences between high school and college and how earning a degree or credential can change a life.
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS INCLUDE:
- FedEx Express
- Alliant Credit Union
- Southwest Airlines
- Reed Smith
- Good 360, formerly Gifts in Kind International
- Otis Spunkmeyer
- Casey Family Programs
- The Child Welfare League of America
- The National Independent Living Association