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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?

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  • 1. PROGRAM PRESENTATION
  • 2. INTRODUCTION
  • 3. WHO ARE YOU, AND…?
  • 4. WHY ARE YOU HERE? To learn how the MODIFYwith CED Program can help you as you transition into adulthood.
  • 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.
  • 6. PAYING FOR YOUR HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 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. 3 WAYS TO PAY: WAY #2 FAFSA  Free Application for Federal Student Aid  To be completed @ www.fafsa.ed.gov  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. 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. 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.
  • 11. OTHER MODIFYWITH CED SERVICES
  • 12. Independent Living Services Mentoring & Oversight Educational Benefits Job Preparation Community Support Services
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • 16. REQUIREMENTS FOR MODIFY SERVICES
  • 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. 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. 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. 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.
  • 21. NOT MEETING REQUIREMENTS
  • 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. 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. EXCEPTION You will NOT be offered probation if you achieve a 0 GPA!
  • 25. FINAL NOTE
  • 26. Your success depends on YOU!