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Becoming the 3%: Life After Graduation and Next Steps to Success by Alexis L.

We talk a lot about how difficult it is for youth with experience in foster care to get to and through college, and that's really important, but what happens after graduation? Young people with experience in foster care graduate at very low rates (3-10% estimates) compared to the general population, and the need for support extends beyond college after gradution. This blog focuses on "what comes next" after graduation and provides ideas for next steps to success in career and life!

A Kid From Detroit by Justin B.

This blog series highlights the study abroad experiences of Justin B. and his advocacy for youth with experience in foster care and people of color, specifically men of color, who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs.  Justin is passionate about economic development and empowerment in African American communities. He aims to help other foster youth become aware of their strengths in order to solve the issues that plague their communities. He believes that access and poverty alleviation will result in lowering the number of youth in foster care. 

Policy Perspective by Arielle D.

This blog series highlights the experiences of Arielle D. as she learns about how to use her voice and story to advocate for policy change in foster care! Follow Arielle as she shares her experiences testifying before a Michigan House Committee hearing, shadowing lawmakers during Michigan's first Legislative Shadow Day, and as a FosterClub All Star and TNFC Ambassador!  

Inspirational Quick Speak! By Gabriella M.

Inspirational Quick Speak is a blog that focuses on staying positive, motivated and trying to always see the better half in all situations. Most people only see things in black and white, but I love to waddle through the grey. Yes, it does exist! We experience so much in our lifetime, and even more with the youth of today. Young people who have experienced foster care no longer have to feel like no one understands what it’s like. I do. I’ve seen, I’ve heard, it’s happened to me too. This blog is for me to reach the other youth who are like me, and I like them. We’re in this…

Self Care After Foster Care by Rachel S.: What does it look like?

Finding ways to take care of yourself amidst the demands and stress of college is very important to success! Rachel S. knows what this is all about...and is not afraid to break it down to you in a honest and real way! Check out Part TWO of Rachel's three part blog series on Self Care After Foster Care!

Sharaya’s 5 Tips to Graduate School: Series Three

Sharaya S. is a first year graduate student majoring in Education at Wayne State Univeristy. Join Sharaya as she hosts a three part series blog giving tips and personal experiences on how to successfully transition into graduate school!

FSM Podcast Series: Student Strength Stories—Housing Domain, LaShawntelle

Each month, FSM features a student with strengths, skills, and resilience in each of the domains via podcast to celebrate student accomplishments and achievements and share resources with the FSM Network! Join us as we talk to LaShawntelle about her strengths in the Housing Domain!

Sharaya’s 5 Tips to Graduate School: Series Two

Sharaya S. is a first year graduate student majoring in Education at Wayne State Univeristy. Join Sharaya as she hosts a three part series blog giving tips and personal experiences on how to successfully transition into graduate school!

FSM Podcast Series: Student Strength Stories—Relationships Domain-Liz

Each month, FSM features a student with strengths, skills, and resilience in each of the domains via podcast to celebrate student accomplishments and achievements and share resources with the FSM Network! Join us as we talk to graduate student Liz B. about her strengths in the Supportive Relationships and Community Connections Domain!

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Fostering Success Michigan is a program of The New Foster Care that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline." 

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