Emergency Fund for Foster Youth at ASU
Do you remember the freedom of summer break after a year of hard classwork and grueling finals? Maybe you had a summer job or took a vacation south. While plenty of students today are dreaming of a class-free summer, students in foster care may be facing a different reality.
Without a consistent, reliable support network, foster youth may face food insecurity, untreated health issues and homelessness between semesters.
The Big Picture
Just 10% of foster youth pursue higher education in the U.S. and of that small number, only 3% will graduate. Financial insecurity in and out of school is what leads many former foster students to dropping out early. The cost of college can be high for many students, and foster youth are at considerable risk for not being able to afford
- Regular meals
- Unexpected costs
These challenges can be overwhelming for a student on their own.
“I would like to let you know how much I appreciate the emergency fund I have received. When my roommate moved out before the lease ended, I found myself in unexpected financial difficulties. With the emergency fund I did not stress out like usually would. Instead, I was able to focus on my classes. Getting help in a sudden situation means everything, and also it motivates me in a way…wanting to become the one who gives someday.” - Anne, Environmental Design major
Students like Anne are strong and resilient. Support from Bridging Success and the Emergency Fund help her feel empowered and emboldened to achieve her higher education goals.
Help ASU Provide a Village
They say it takes village to raise a child and ASU works to provide a safe and secure community for foster youth pursuing higher education through Bridging Success and other organizations.
Bridging Success, part of the Watt's College of Public Service and Community solutions, helps foster youth navigate higher education by providing FAFSA and college application support, financial support beyond federal state tuition programs, ongoing personal coaching, and many other resources. Your support of the Bridging Success Emergency Fund will ensure foster youth needing healthcare, groceries, and housing can get their needs met and can ultimately succeed in their higher education goals.