First Star Academy is a college preparation program for foster youth in high school. The program was established as a national model to improve the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood.
First Star at Illinois State is currently in the development stage and will include Saturday academic enrichment classes, year-round mentoring, a 4-week summer campus immersion program (2017), and a series of caregiver workshops for 30 students in Central Illinois.
Key components of First Star at Illinois State will include:
Dr. Deneca Winfrey Avant
Director, First Star Academies
Dr. Doris M. Houston
Director, Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies