Empowering the disenfranchised: Creating college access for foster care youth
Kirk, Chris Michael
Lewis-Moss, Rhonda K.
Colvin, Deltha Q.
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Kirk, Chris, Lewis-Moss, Rhonda, Nilsen, Corinne and Deltha Colvin(2009). Empowering the Disenfranchised: Creating College Access for Foster Care Youth. In Proceedings: 5th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 128-129
College attendance has been demonstrated to be a factor in lifetime income level, quality of life, better health, and decreased strain on government financial support systems. Yet, the privilege of attending college continues to be disproportionately distributed to certain demographic groups. Among these are youth adults emerging from the foster care system. While 70% of foster care children indicate a desire to attend college, less than 10% actually do so. Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP is a program which targets foster care children in an effort to help them prepare for postsecondary education. Student participants from the Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP program were surveyed to determine their educational aspirations and expectations.
Paper presented to the 5th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, May 1, 2009.
Research completed at the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences