Long time FosterClub Friend, Melissa Raap, leads the Champions Program at the University of Washington. The program provides support for current and former foster youth pursuing higher education at UW. Last month, Mrs. Raap traveled to Washington, D.C. and accepted the Angels in Adoption Award in recognition of the Champions Program. By targeting both prospective and current UW students from the foster care system, Raap aims to assist youth pursuing higher education, improve educational outcomes, and create a college-going culture for foster youth.
Rachel Scott is one University of Washington student benefiting from the Champions Program. Mrs. Scott and several other FosterClub young leaders recently traveled to Washington D.C. for a visit with the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Rachel and the others shared their personal stories of overcoming adversity, and made suggestions for improving the lives of their peers still living the experience of foster care.
This is what Rachel said about the Champions Program, Melissa Raap’s mentorship, and being a student at the University of Washington: “Melissa cared about me getting into school. She didn’t know much of the background story, she just wanted me to get into the UW. It was just so much different having an outsider reach in and say ‘I want to help. I want to be a part of this.’ She was outside and decided to come inside and help.”
Read the entire article about The Champions Program, Melissa Rapp, Rachel Scott, and their Angles in Adoption Award from the University of Washington’s website. Click here.