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Great Expectations

From Germanna Community College:

The Great Expectations program at Germanna Community College is seeking young people currently or previously in foster care who would like help with the transition to college and/or a career. Great Expectations consists of a two-day on-campus program, as well as a six-month mentorship program.

When foster youth fail to make the transition successfully, it can have devastating consequences not only for those youth, but for their communities. The statistics are grim for foster youth who age out of the system without any type of support:

  • Over 25 percent will be incarcerated in the first two years after leaving the system
  • Over 54 percent will become homeless or unstably housed
  • Less than 2 percent will earn a college degree, compared with 28 percent of the general population

Through no fault of their own, foster youth are on their own once they age out of the foster care system at age 18. It’s a critical time for all young people – but especially so for foster youth. They must try to work through seemingly immense changes without a parent, family member or mentor to guide them.

Great Expectations increases the likelihood of success for foster youth. It helps each foster youth develop an individual path forward. Coaches work with students to navigate college financial and living arrangements, and peer mentors provide support and guidance.

Through this program, participants gain information about the services of the college, participate in a mini-college experience, and receive one-on-one mentoring with a current student from Germanna. Participants will have the opportunity to meet their mentor during the two-day on-campus program. They maintain communication for six months and participate in group activities (Attending a Washington Nationals baseball game, go-karting, picnics, bowling, movie nights, etc.).

Germanna is currently looking for participants for the Fall 2010 session.

The two-day on-campus day visits at the Frederickburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania are :

Sept. 17, 2010, 9 a.m.-3p.m.

Oct. 8, 2010 9 a.m.-3p.m.

Anyone would be interested in taking part in this program in September and October 2010, should call Marcy Farris, Coordinator of the Great Expectations Program, at 540/834-1066 or write to her at Germanna Community College, 10000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, 22408 or email her at msfarris@germanna.edu

Learn more about Great Expectations here or read a previous story on Germanna’s program here.

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