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  • Ask each youth who they are, and one other thing about them (examples below).Examples: What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite food? What’s your dream job? What would you do if you had a million dollars? What’s your favorite animal?
  • MODIFY program presentation students

    3. 3. WHO ARE YOU, AND…?
    4. 4. WHY ARE YOU HERE? To learn how the MODIFYwith CED Program can help you as you transition into adulthood.
    5. 5. THE PURPOSE OF THE MODIFYWITH CED PROGRAM  To ensure that children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age are provided education, training, financial support, and other needed services.  To support and serve former foster care recipients between 18 and 20 years of age to complement their own efforts toward self-sufficiency, and to assure that program participants recognize and accept their personal responsibility for preparing to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
    7. 7. 3 WAYS TO PAY: WAY #1  Covers tuition (the cost of classes)  Does NOT cover room and board, the cost of books, or other fees  MUST complete the FAFSA in order to receive Tuition Waiver
    8. 8. 3 WAYS TO PAY: WAY #2 FAFSA  Free Application for Federal Student Aid  To be completed @  Question: “At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?”  Answer: YES!!!  Deadlines:  January 1st –FAFSA available for completion  March 1st – Deadline to apply for: the PROMISE Scholarship; the WV Science, Engineering & Technology Scholarship; and the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship  April 15th – Deadline to be considered for the WV Higher Education Grant
    9. 9. 3 WAYS TO PAY: WAY #3  Up to $5,000/year  Can be used to cover the costs of attending college or vocational training that are NOT covered by the tuition waiver or the funds received from completing the FAFSA  May include the cost of a computer, special clothing, books, housing, transportation, etc.  If all educational expenses are covered, may be broken into monthly payments Chafee Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)
    10. 10. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  In order to receive the tuition waiver, youth MUST:  have been in foster care for at least 1 year prior to the waiver application;  have graduated from high school or obtained their GED while in the custody of the DHHR;  have been accepted to a WV public higher education institution; AND  complete and submit the FAFSA.  In order to receive funding available from completing the FAFSA, youth MUST:  be attending a post-secondary educational program.  In order to receive Chafee funded ETV, youth MUST:  have been discharged from foster care after the age of 18; OR  have been adopted from foster care after the age of 16; OR  have been placed in legal guardianship; AND  be attending a post-secondary educational program.
    12. 12. Independent Living Services Mentoring & Oversight Educational Benefits Job Preparation Community Support Services
    13. 13. MORE ON SOME SPECIFIC SERVICES  Employment for Independent Living Program  Computer for Graduate Allowance  $750 towards a computer and computer supplies. o May include necessary software, a printer, printer ink, etc.
    14. 14. THE FC-18 - WHAT IT IS & WHAT IT IS NOT  It is NOT placing yourself back into the “custody” of the state.  It IS a “contract” between you and the Department.  By signing it…  You have the following responsibilities:  To work toward meeting the goals and objectives of your transition plan.  To work on becoming semi-independent and self-sufficient.  The Department has the following responsibility:  To provide foster care services, including financial assistance and a continued medical card so as to meet the goals & objectives of the transition plan.  It will be terminated if you…  Voluntarily decide to no longer participate in the MODIFY program  Attain the age of 21;  Discontinue regular participation in an approved educational program;  Demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate with the DHHR or the MODIFY Program; OR  Violate any law of any State, County, or City of the United States that results in you being incarcerated.
    15. 15. SERVICES THAT REQUIRE THE FC-18  Monthly Subsidy  $900/month if residing in an apartment.  $200/month if residing in a dorm.  Medical Coverage  Medicaid coverage is continued until the age of 21.  Start-up Funds (one time only)  Up to $1,100.  May be used to purchase dorm necessities.  May be used to pay a security deposit and/or first month’s rent.  May also be used to purchase household supplies, food items or to pay for necessary utilities.
    17. 17. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?  Be employed with an educational plan  Be enrolled in an educational program  Be engaged in at least 40 hours/week of productive activity  May include attending school, working, volunteering, etc.  If you are a full-time student, then you do not need to participate in any additional productive activity.  Submit your monthly budget and productivity report (if applicable).  MUST be received in order to process your monthly subsidy.
    18. 18. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO? (CONTINUED)  Provide your MODIFY Worker with the following information:  Valid address, phone number, & email.  You MUST update your MODIFY Worker if this information changes!!!  Name and phone number of an adult contact.  User ID and password for your school account (if applicable).  Allows your MODIFY Worker to check your class schedule, check your mid-term and final grades, and make payments on your account.  You MUST update your MODIFY Worker when your password changes!!!
    19. 19. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO? (CONTINUED)  Provide your MODIFY Worker with the following documents:  Copy of your high school diploma or GED  Copy of your acceptance letter to a post secondary institution  Copy of your FAFSA completion letter  Immediately after submitting your FAFSA online, this will appear on your screen.
    20. 20. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO? (CONTINUED)  Complete 80% of your coursework  Maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester  Have monthly contact with your MODIFY Support Specialist.  Can be via email, text, call, or visit.
    22. 22. PROBATION  If you do not maintain a 2.0 GPA, you will be placed on probation.  The probationary period will last for 1 semester.  You and your MODIFY Worker will create an Educational Improvement Plan that you MUST abide by in order to remain in the program. It will include the following:  You MUST bring your GPA up to a 2.0 by the end of that semester, or you will be discharged from the program.  If by the mid-term of your probationary period you are failing any classes, you will be required to attend tutoring.
    23. 23. AFTER PROBATION  If you do not bring your GPA up to a 2.0 by the end of your probationary period, you will be discharged from the program.  BUT…  You have the option to continue attending school, paying for it yourself; AND  If you bring your GPA up to a 2.0, we may allow you back into the program if it is at least 1 semester before your 21st birthday.
    24. 24. EXCEPTION You will NOT be offered probation if you achieve a 0 GPA!
    25. 25. FINAL NOTE
    26. 26. Your success depends on YOU!