Strengthening Opportunities in Education
Among other important areas, Our House mentors work with youth to identify educational needs and goals. Through our collaborative partnerships, participants have avenues to connect to appropriate educational institution and vocational options. Many of our youth are coached in job development and job readiness skills, communication skills on the job and job referral/job placement.
One of the most strikingly problematic areas for foster alumni, however, comes during the first year of post-secondary education. Because federal government funding and Michigan foster alumni financial supports are oriented toward post-secondary education, there is an incentive for youth to enroll in community colleges or four-year universities. While this is a positive decision for many, one of the issues we see in our foster alumni is a high rate of dropout, coupled with student loan burdens. We are committed to helping foster alumni find the right fit for their interests and skill levels so that, together, we can increase the number of credit hours earned, increase the number of GED holders, or increase credentialing in a marketable area/skill.