Youth in foster care learn college access information and valuable life skills at this free, four-day summit held every June at a Montana post-secondary institution. Youth stay in the dorms, attend “classes,” eat in the cafeteria, and experience college life firsthand. In addition, they learn life skills including how to find and maintain housing, build relationships, obtain employment, and manage money.
As an added benefit, participants take home a free laptop computer to assist with post-secondary education, or a “life skills” package to help them get ready for, and transition to, independent living.
FosterClub worked with the conference coordinator to help produce an atmosphere conducive to learning; with elements of cognitive skill development, non-cognitive skill development and connectivity per FosterClub's youth development model. This was achieved by leading 4 workshop sessions, 3 general sessions and the facilitation of the Summit welcoming session, as well as providing good role modeling and bonding through peer and FosterClub Young Leader relationships.
If you are interested in more information about how to incorporate authentic youth engagement at your next conference, please contact FosterClub at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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