“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.
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.