University of Pennsylvania

Financing College for Foster Youth

Posted on April 25, 2016

Financing College for Foster Youth: Preparation, Engagement, and Retention Strategies

University of Pennsylvania
Law School
Levy Conference Center
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

June 2, 2016
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Breakfast will be served.
Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am.

This training is offered at no charge thanks to the support of The Philadelphia Foundation.

Foster Youth as an Invisible Constituency: Why Should We Care?
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania

The Challenges Faced by Foster Youth: Student Voices
A panel of current and former students will offer a first-person account of the challenges faced by foster youth in higher education

Moderator: Dr. David E. Thomas
Division of Access and Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia
Panel Presentation
Foster Youth Preparation for College

Systems of Care:
Understanding Foster Care and other Child Welfare Programs
Laurie O’Connor
Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth

Preparing Foster Youth to Apply to and Attend College
Harold Brooks
Educational Services Coordinator
Achieving Independence Center Temple University

Unique Costs of Attendance for Foster Youth
Tori Weigant
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Liaison
West Chester University

Funding Available for Foster Youth in Higher Education
Ron Felder
Pennsylvania School Services Higher Education Access Partner

Eileen McCaffrey
Executive Director
Foster Care to Success

Challenges with Retention and Completion
Jennifer Pokempner
Child Welfare Policy Director
Juvenile Law Center

Strategies for Institutional and Student Success
Maureen Braun-Scalera
Director of the Office of Youth Empowerment
Rutgers University

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