FAYS (Foster and Adopted Youth Scholars) Project Part I: (Houston, Gjesfjeld, Miller-Ott and Gholson) *Funded by the Spencer Foundation
Youth and young adults spend time in foster care are among the most underrepresented groups of students on college campuses nationwide with college completion rates ranging from 4-6%. Dr. Doris M. Houston and Dr. Christopher Gjesfjeld are collaborating with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to implement an on-line survey, which examines the social, emotional, and academic factors most predictive of success in college among students receiving DCFS services. Additional FAYS activities include
Foster Youth Scholars Student Affinity Group at ISU
Legislative advocacy (student tell their story to legislators and policy makers)
Partnership with IDCFS, ISU University College, ISU Housing
Fall reception for ISU students who are members of the foster care and adoption community
FAYS Part II: (Avant, Miller-Ott, Houston & Gjesfjeld) *Funded by the Spencer Foundation
FAYS Part II is a qualitative interview research project that implements face-to-face interviews with Illinois College students receiving DCFS services. The project encourages students to have a voice about the factors that contribute to their academic, social, and emotional well-being.