FosterClub assisted in bringing two young students with experience in the foster care system to Washington D.C. for the First Lady’s 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. University of Washington student, Rachel Scott, and University of Michigan student, Rochelle Fraenig, were guests of the White House on Thursday, July 23rd. Along with two other collegiate students representing various backgrounds, Rachel and Rochelle participated in a panel discussion on the barriers they had to overcome to be college students. Facilitated by Google’s Education Evangelist Jaime Casap, the panel shared personal experiences with 130 college-bound students from across the country. These students represented a mix of urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college.
As part of her Reach Higher initiative, the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit focused on sharing tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to persist and complete the next level of their education.
Other highlights of the day-long summit was a performance by musical artist Wale, a panel moderated by E! News host Terrance Jenkins including First Lady Michelle Obama, Wale, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Manuel Contreras, a rising senior at Brown University and co-founder of 1vyG. View the video of the panel here.
President Obama made a surprise appearance, addressing the students and other attendees.