WestEd Report Cited in EdSource Article on Students in Foster Care

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“By the end of [the First Star Academy] we want to have stubborn, smart, self-advocating, aware and ambitious people. Foster kids have had failure inflicted on them so many times because people give up too soon.” –Peter Samuelson, Co-Founder, First Star

First Star Academy is a pilot program for foster youth run by First Star, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on helping abused and neglected children.

Based at the University of California, Los Angeles campus, the Academy gives foster students a chance to make up course credits, get a taste of college life, obtain help with college admissions, and meet successful adults who were once in foster care. Participating students work in paid internships and learn a variety of life skills.

This EdSource article cited WestEd’s The Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in California’s Public Schools pointing to the report’s finding that students in foster care are most likely to drop out of school and the least likely to graduate.

The Invisible Achievement Gap is a first-of-its-kind analysis linking data from California’s education and child welfare systems to create an education snapshot of K-12 students in foster care in California. 

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