The Road to the Finish Line: Support for Youth in Post Secondary Settings Great Expectations An Initiative of Virginia’s Community Colleges & the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Serves foster youth 13 – 24, in both high school and college.
The Road to the Finish Line:
Support for Youth in Post Secondary Settings
An Initiative of Virginia’s Community Colleges & the
Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
Serves foster youth 13 – 24, in both high school and college.
Focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to gain employment and achieve independence.
Provides education and employment opportunities that will improve the likelihood of success for foster youth.
Offers individual support for at-risk foster teens as they finish high school, leave their foster homes and transition to postsecondary education and living on their own.
Launched in 2008 at 5 Virginia Community Colleges.
Now offered at 15 of the 23 community colleges; 2 additional colleges joining in 2012.
Help with the college admissions/financial aid
Resource Center www.GreatExpectations.vccs.edu
Personal counseling and individual tutoring
Career exploration and coaching; job preparation
Mentoring (by college staff, college peers and community volunteers)
Special programs, e.g. life skills, healthy relationships
Emergency and incentive Funds
Online Best Practices Forum
Part-time Campus Coaches
Recruiting students in rural areas
Building awareness of the program in the community
Lack of housing
The Great Expectations Campus Coaches are the key!
Coaches are…..the go-to person who musters the other services available on the campus and in the community for the students
The team includes….the high school career coaches, DSS workers
foster and adoptive parents, volunteer mentors
interns and work/study students, community supporters
Virginia’s Community Colleges have Tuition Grants available for foster youth, former foster youth and special needs adoptees who have a high school diploma or GED.
The Tuition Grant covers tuition and fees.
- Enrolls and maintains at least half-time credit in an academic program of at least 1 year
Is a bona-fide resident of Virginia
Meets the satisfactory standards of the college for federal aid programs- Has not been previously enrolled full-time in a postsecondary program for more than 5 years and does not have a bachelor’s degree
- Demonstrates a financial need
- Career Coaches
- Institutes of Excellence (for high demand occupations)
For more information on VCCS Workforce Development:
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- Emergency funds have been used for housing, transportation, utility bills, medical care, books and, in special cases, loss of financial aid.
“Measuring the Costs of Foster Care and the Return on Investment of the Great Expectations Initiative,” produced by ChmuraEconomics&Analytics, provided these highlights:
“I want to become a chef and open my own restaurant. Great Expectations is important because it shows there’s a support system. Someone else is out there who cares about helping you.”
- Heather, age 18
Project Director of Great Expectations
Virginia Community College System
101 N. 14th Street, 15th floor Richmond, VA 23219