We will empower youth with a history of foster care, using trauma-informed and holistic care, to increase educational attainment and employment preparedness.
We have demonstrated the commitment to our cause by:
Establishing campus-based support programs at the three partner institutions and supervised independent living (SIL) programs at the two universities
Successfully providing continuous services to 200 students across partners
Implementing a college-bound docket and providing educational-focused review hearings to 67 youth
Strategically matching 70% of CBD with CASA educational advocates
Guided by our students’ lived experiences, we will advocate for policy change, fight for social justice, and continuously work to identify needs, bridge connections, and promote success in all areas of life. In our action:
BCFES has established relationships, partnerships, or identified Champions at more than 40 community agencies and college and university departments.
52% increase in students served during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The BCFES Network has outreached to over 600 students currently in care, and those enrolled at UTSA, Texas A&M, and Alamo Colleges District and utilize the tuition and fee waiver.
We have intentionally designed a pre-college pipeline program that provides a clear pathway using a specialized college-readiness, career-preparedness, and socioemotional curriculum for 8th through 12th graders (CLIMB).
We will provide barrier-free access in education and housing, promote the power of our student’s voice, teach skills that aid in building supportive relationships and community connections and encourage positive expectations for the future. Collectively, we have:
Provided program participants over $464,000 in emergency funds, incentives, and direct financial assistance to remove barriers to education.
In addition, $9.4 million in tuition and fees were waived by BCFES Partner institutions.
Supported 243 middle and high school students in transitioning to higher education through pre-college initiatives, CLIMB, and the College Bound Docket.
69% increase in enrollment of students with a history of foster care from 2019-2021 (UTSA).
Empowered youth and young adults to find and use their voice; to engage in advocacy and action that improves education and life outcomes and collaborate with other emerging leaders to promote systemic change.
218 workshops delivered, addressing life domains of physical and mental health, housing, life skills, educational success, finances and employment, healthy relationships, and identity development.
Increased public awareness and stakeholder engagement at local, state, and national levels through presentations, conferences, media campaigns, and action plans.
Over 100 professional stakeholders representing over 40 different government and community agencies participate in our Steering Committee and serve as institutional champions.
Developed the Housing First Project to assist youth and young adults not eligible for extended foster care or SIL, are experiencing homelessness, and pursue their college degree at our institutions.
65 young adults and 30 dependent children have received housing and supportive services through the Housing First Project and Supervised Independent Living Programs.