FREE Academic Support and College Immersion Program for high school Students
New enrollment begins starting September 2019
Priority Application Deadline Friday, December 14, 2019.
A youth on your caseload has been identified as a potential candidate for participation in the First Star Academy College preparation academic support program. This is a 100% FREE PROGRAM for youth in care and will provide not only ongoing academic support during high school, but also the opportunity to live on campus at Illinois State University for three weeks each summer of participation.
This is an exciting opportunity for our youth, as it offers crucial study skills, college preparedness, and life skills in a fun setting with peers. A limited amount of slots are available for youth in care who are currently high school students and residing in Central Illinois.
Meetings are scheduled to begin in February 2020 and will continue on a monthly basis on designated Saturdays. The three-week summer immersion program on-campus is tentatively set to take place from June 6 – 27, 2020. Both the summer immersion program and the monthly meetings will be on campus at Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal. Youth must commit to attend monthly Saturday Academy meetings to participate in the summer immersion program.
Please consider the traits below to determine if your youth might qualify for and benefit from this program.
If this sounds like a high school aged student on your caseload, you are strongly encouraged submit the accompanying application to Dr. Deneca Avant, Academy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 14, 2019 . The application does require the student respond to personal questions, so it is important to discuss this opportunity and provide the application to the youth as soon as possible! Remind the student that he or she may have an existing project or essay from school that could be modified for the application. The creative portion of the application is optional, but should be encouraged especially for students with unique talents.
Please note : First Star Academy staff is willing to assist any youth who may desire support in completing the application or essay questions.
Finally, once the application has been submitted, provide the following information to the Office of the DCFS Guardianship Administrator. If your student is selected, additional Consent for Release of Information Forms may be requires.
Youth: CYSIS ID:
DOB: Geographic Placement:
Thank you for encouraging all youth in care! Janet Ahern, DCFS Guardianship Administrator