Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Although some foster youth students excel in school, graduate from high school and go to college, statistics show that there is a significantly large number of youth who do not obtain a high school degree or equivalent. Through a series of interviews with practitioners who work with students, it became clear that there were a significant number of practitioners who are unaware of foster youth students, their needs, and the resources that are available for them. Awareness is the first step in making a difference in any issue. The more aware practitioners (i.e., educators, foster youth liaisons, social workers, etc.) are, the more effectively they can meet the needs that foster youth students have, and help improve foster youth educational attainment. Through collaborative work, faculty training on this issue was created and presented to current and future practitioners.
Ramirez, Emma, "Fostering success : comprehensive practitioner training to improve foster youth educational attainment" (2013). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 344.