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September 2022Vol. 23, No. 7Guide Helps Current and Former Youth in Care Pursue Postsecondary Education

For many young adults exiting foster care, the dream of going to college is just that—a dream. Often, youth aging out of the system lack the information and skills needed to pursue postsecondary education and employment. A spring 2022 guide from the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) aims to address these challenges by providing youth currently and formerly in foster care and those who support them with information and resources to help them reach their educational goals.

The 27-page guide is organized into four main sections that use colorful and engaging infographics and photos and a question-and-answer format to address the following questions:

  • What are my options after high school or getting my GED?
  • How will I pay for my education?
  • How will I pay for my living costs?
  • Who can I turn to for support?

The guide includes a variety of appendices on topics such as scholarships and resources for undocumented students.

AFFCF is a nonprofit organization that works to build self-esteem and empower children and youth in foster care by funding a myriad of athletic, educational, and social activities for youth in foster care; through the Keys to Success program, which empowers older youth on the verge of aging out of foster care through individualized career planning, education, and employment services; and by offering postsecondary scholarship program funds to help cover the tuition and fees associated with attending higher learning institutions.

To learn more, visit the AFFCF website and read Dream It, Learn It, Do It: What's Your It? An Education Guide for Youth Currently and Formerly in Foster Care.