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Pilot Program Promotes College Success For Foster Care Alumni In Bexar County

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A new county-wide pilot program aims to lower barriers to higher education for students coming from the foster care system. 

The two-year, $3.5 million program will provide students who were in foster care with services relating to mental health, food insecurity, housing insecurity, employment and other financial needs. 

Applying a focused lens on foster care youth provides this vulnerable population the chance to thrive in college. State data shows 1,200 kids age out of Texas' foster care system every year. Of the 33% of foster care alumni who enroll in college, only 1.3% attain a bachelor's degree by age 24

What barriers do foster care alumni face? How will this pilot program enhance current services for foster care youth?

How will this partnership affect future young adults who age out of foster care? What other services are available for young adults without a support system?

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*This interview was recorded on Wedbesday, October 2.

 

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.