Securing Academic and Occupational Success for Foster Youth: A Commitment Initiative Grant Proposal.
California State University, Long Beach. Department of Social Work.
v, 54 p.
Published: May 2016
789 E. Eisenhower Parkway P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
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This report presents a grant proposal to create a project titled “Securing Academic and Occupational Success for Foster Youth A Commitment Initiative”. The purpose is to make available a current course titled “Empowering Youth to Achieve Academic Success: A Curriculum for Kinship Caregivers and Foster Parents”, as well as add supplemental workshops to the curriculum. The Commitment Initiative will incorporate additional workshops specifically for 11 and 12 grade students and their foster parents, caregivers, and child welfare workers. The goal is to help navigate the crucial last two years of high school in which students are preparing to transition into the workforce and/or a postsecondary education. This project will build on the current objectives from the Empowering Youth curriculum and add additional objectives for helping youth, including: know high school graduation requirements, develop job and educationally specific skills, become familiar with job application and interview process, know how to prepare for post-secondary education or vocational training, make a commitment to graduate from high school, feel confident about their ability to graduate from high school, and know how to obtain supports and resources. Results from a literature review on high school graduation barriers, protective factors, and outcomes of foster youth are shared, followed by information on potential funding sources for the grant, criterial for potential funder selection, the grant proposal, challenges during the grant writing process, and implications for social work policy, practice, and advocacy. An estimated annual budget for the program is provided. Numerous references.
FOSTER ADOLESCENTS; YOUNG ADULTS; EDUCATION; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS; ACADEMIC ABILITY; ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT; EMPLOYMENT; ECONOMIC SELF SUFFICIENCY; INDEPENDENT LIVING; RISK FACTORS; CALIFORNIA; GRANTS; FUNDING