School: Shelter From the Storm.
Journal Special Issue
Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care
, No. 108
Through the perspectives of youth, this journal issue discusses the challenges former foster care youth face in completing both high school and college and explains how school can be a haven from the chaos in the rest of their lives. Articles address: findings from a recent study that showed a high rate of foster youth are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs; the challenge of attending high school and dealing with college deadlines when living independently; the impact of distracted teachers and ineffective guidance counselors on youth; the need for study skills when attending college; the need for self-advocacy when seeking health care; deciding to become a student after being an inmate; the impact of a criminal history on college admission and strategies for overcoming obstacles; different types of high school diplomas and college financial aid for children in foster care; and becoming independent and choosing a school. The journal also includes poetry from former foster youth. The journal closes with lesson plans that include prompts for discussion and writing on two stories from the issue.
Foster adolescents; Youth development; Postsecondary education; Foster care alumni; Independent living skills; Financial assistance; Coping skills; Social adjustment