Foster Youth Face Extreme Barriers to College. Here’s One Program That’s Helping.

Young people leaving foster care and trying to break out of poverty have the odds stacked against them. They’ve witnessed or experienced traumatic events, and often moved among multiple homes and schools. Every year, some 20,000 of the nation’s nearly 450,000 foster kids age out of the system, encountering an abrupt end to support at a time when many of their peers are enrolled in college. Great Expectations, an 11-year-old effort at Virginia’s community colleges, has developed a program focused on building trust and support to get foster youth to college and help them succeed.

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