Introduce myself. Identify the need by demonstrating food insecurity on campus -Conducting surveys was the method utilized at WSU. Two surveys done - resulted in 50 % of students have experienced food insecurity at one point during higher education. Connecting with the DFB provided the foundation of how the food pantry is currently operating. They provide guidelines and regulate how food should be handled. By completing the surveys it may it easier to propose a need of a financial contribution from the university that will help kick start the food pantry. Additionally, the food pantry needed to be staffed, WSU was able to secure an Americorp Vista employee. Since Vista employee are not permanent, WSU had to find a way to staff someone for the food pantry after the Vista employee was gone and they did this by creating a Graduate Student Coordinator position. Given that a Graduate Student works at a part time basis, it is important that efforts to promote volunteerism at the food pantry are met. Many students, staff and faculty are or have volunteered at the food pantry. With the help of volunteers we have been able to connect the community with the food pantry by creating donation opportunities of necessary items to maintain the food pantry stocked. Finally, to expand the food pantry services, we have decided to collaborate with student support services. Student Support Services has the capabilities to access the food pantry at any time providing an efficient service to our student population.
The ethnicity pie chart demonstrates a strong African American participation, Caucasian following and other ethnicities as a small sample. The gender pie chart is indicative of a strong women participation. These two pie charts are helpful tools to meet the needs of this specific population.
Users of the pantry are predominantly Freshman and Sophomore. Coincides with the students adjustment period of becoming an adult and the challenges that involves. Also, A high amount of users have indicated not being employed. Very significant amount and we have taken some first steps to meet this situation by having information of career services events at the food pantry.
Independent Scholar Network students volunteer as a part of their first year experience to assist them with developing communication skills, interacting with other students, building work ethic, team work experience and build their resume!
Paving the Road to Higher Education:The Ohio Reach Campus ModelMay 13, 2013Simone G. Polk, AVP, Student ServicesMary K. Deedrick, Director, Student Support ServicesFelix E. Torres, Graduate Assistant, SAHE &Friendship Food Pantry CoordinatorWright State University, Dayton, OhioSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Paving the Road to Higher Education:The Ohio Reach Campus Model• Today’s Learning Outcomes:– Share the Ohio Reach Campus Model– Share a “Pathway Model” to Higher Education– Share steps for Successful Transition toHigher Education– Share information about the Wright StateUniversity Independent Scholars Network &Support Services available at WSUSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Essential Resources• It’s My Life: Postsecondary Education & Training –A resource for child welfare professionals.(Casey Family Programs)• Support SUCCESS: Improving higher education outcomesfor students from foster care (A framework for programenhancement 2010. (Casey Family Programs)• Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network forStudents Emerging from Foster Care, Education AdvisoryBoard, June 10, 2009. (Casey Family Programs)• Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Studentsfrom Foster Care & Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: AKey to Higher Education Access & Success. (Version 2.0)(Casey Family Programs)http://www.casey.org/resources/publications/directory/subject/Education_post.htmlSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
• On September 30, 2011, there were an estimated 400,540children in foster care. (Child Welfare Information Gateway,Foster Care Statistics 2011; Published January 2013.)https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.pdf• Point in Time. Of the estimated 400,540 children in fostercare on September 30, 2011:– 41 percent were White– 27 percent were Black– 21 percent were Hispanic (of any race)– 10 percent were other races or multiracial (Other races ormultiracial includes Alaska Native/American Indian, Asian,Hawaiian/Other, Pacific Islander, two or more races, orunknown/unable to determine. Totals may not equal 100percent due to rounding.)https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.pdfFoster Care Data
• Point in Time. Of the estimated 400,540 children infoster care on September 30, 2011, 52 percent weremale and 48 percent were female.https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.pdfFoster Care DataSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
• Purpose:– Address recruitment and retention ofemancipated foster youth in Ohio’s highereducation system and– Establish foster care liaisons at Ohio’s universitiesand community colleges.The Ohio Reach Campus ModelSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Foster Youth & College Retention• 75% of foster youth express a desire to attendcollege.• 20% enroll in postsecondary education ascompared to 60% of the general population.• 67% of foster youth who enter college dropout before graduation.• Less than 2% of former foster youth completea bachelor’s degree, as compared to 20% ofthe general population.Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Barriers to College• Cost to Attend College• Navigating the Bureaucracy of Processes• Lack of Continuity of High School Education• College Preparatory Courses• Academic Readiness & Preparedness• Lack of Family Support• First Generation Students• Higher Education’s Unawareness of Needs• Students’ Unawareness of Support/Resources• Single Parents Providing Support to RelativesSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
FAFSA• “Independent Student”*– Student who is an orphan, in foster care or wardof the court, at anytime when the student was 13years of age or older; or– Student who is an emancipated minor or is in legalguardianship as determined by the court in theirstate of legal residence; or– Applicant is verified as an unaccompanied youthwho is homeless or a risk of homelessness andself-supportingSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education*All Financial Aid Resources Available: ETV, Foster Care to Success, Need Based CollegeFunds, Private Funds etc.
Access to College• Do students see and hear messaging thatcollege is a possibility?• Do students know about your campus servicesand support?• Do you invite students and their caregivers tocampus for a tour and meet & greet?Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Retention in College• Mentoring/Study Coaches• On-Campus Employment• Support Services & Resources• Utilization of Services & Resources to MeetNeeds• Attending Classes/Completion of Work• Engagement in the University Community• Living on Campus Year RoundSupporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Who Are Campus Liaisons?• They are the “Hub” on the Wheel!• Generally, a FTE staff “point-person!”• Generally in Student Affairs!• Students need a “trusted staff person” who hasprimary responsibility to identify them andconsistently provide guidance in navigating highereducation.Appendix B: Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Youth fromFoster Care.Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Do You Want to Be A Campus Liaison?• Are you familiar with the needs of foster youth whotransition to higher education?• Are you willing & able to advocate for support throughoutyour university/college community?• Do you have knowledge of available resources availablewithin the university/college & ability to networkeffectively?• Do you have demonstrated communication skills and theability/capacity to interact with students from diversebackgrounds?Research Brief: Building a Campus Support Network for Students Emerging from Foster Care,Education Advisory Board, Washington, DC, June 10, 2009Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
What Do Campus Liaisons Do?• Provide support, guidance and assistance to studentson a daily basis• Collaborate with Child Welfare partners to recruitfoster youth to apply to your university/college &identify college students with foster care backgrounds• Educate campus colleagues about issues challengingfoster youth on campus• Post an Ohio Reach symbol at your office and/or addFoster Care Liaison to your business cardsResearch Brief: Building a Campus Support Network for Students Emerging from Foster Care,Education Advisory Board, Washington, DC, June 10, 2009Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
• Differences Between High School & College:– Academic– Financial– Personal/Self-ManagementCampus Connections• Wright State University Resources:• Student Support Services• Counseling & Wellness Services• Office of Disability Services• Student Academic Success Center/Tutoring Services• Independent Scholars Network
Collaboration Opportunities!• Collaborate with Child Welfare professionalsto identify prospective and current students• Collaborate with Child Welfare andCommunity Colleges to Educate RegardingCommunity Resources• Create an Advisory Board or Committee ofAdvocates• Include & Celebrate Students WheneverPossible!Supporting Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education
Wright State University’sIndependent Scholars NetworkMissionThe Wright State University Independent ScholarsNetwork exists to provide resources and serviceswhich enhance the academic and social-culturalexperiences of a student who emancipates fromfoster care into higher education.VisionWright State University will be known as a nationalmodel for transforming the lives of IndependentScholars as they prepare to participate in andengage with diverse and global communitiesaround the world.
ValueStudentsWe value students and will carefully identify services and support to matchindividual needs.AchievementWe value achievement and recognize that students are unique and will rise tomeet and exceed standards of excellence on an individual basis.EngagementWe value engaging students at every level of their higher education academicexperience.Wright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network
• Framework:• Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs– Students– Ohio Reach Campus Liaisons– Program Coordinator– Leadership Team (SSS, OCSSC, OVPSA, FA, Advising,First Year Experience, Residence Services, ChildWelfare)– Committee– Staff Mentors/CoachesWright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network
• Independent Scholar Qualifications:– FAFSA– College Admission Tests– Admitted to the University– Review the ISN Website– Complete Online Application (Oct .1st – Jan. 1st)– Complete ISN Interview with ISN Committee– Be Selected as an Independent ScholarWright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network
• Independent Scholars Onboarding:– Email - April– Freshmen Orientation – June (Take Placement Tests – Math, English and Languages & Schedule Classes)– ISN Orientation – June– Move-In Day – August (4 days prior to general freshmen move-in)– Boot Camp Essentials:• Academic Success (Student Academic Success Center)• Financial Aid/Financial Responsibility• Support Services: Counseling & Wellness, Office of Disability Services, Student Health Services)& Navigating Telecommunication Services• Career Services• Success Skill Preparation (Time Management, Stress Management & Study Skills)• Appropriate Communication as a College Student• Team Building• Call to Commitment – Participation Agreement• Community Service – Move-In Day Volunteer• Attend First Weekend Activities• Start Fall Semester• Assigned to Specific First Year Learning Community• Meet w/Program Coordinator & Submit Academic Progress Reports (13 meetings per term)• Attend Scheduled Workshops/Activities• Attend Community Dinners• First Year Experience: Academic Success & Building CommunityWright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network
• Expected Outcomes:– Reinforce & Support Academic Success– Bridge Campus & Community Connections– Build Social Cultural Awareness– Enhance Leadership Potential– Prepare for Career/Employment– Prepare for Post Baccalaureate StudyWright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network
• Ohio Reach’s Purpose:– Addressesrecruitment andretention ofemancipated fosteryouth in Ohio’s highereducation system and– Establish foster careliaisons at Ohio’suniversities andcommunity colleges.Wright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network• Wright State University’sIndependent Scholars Network:• Actively recruits prospectivestudents through collaborativenetworks• Provides initiatives, services andresources to enhanceretention/persistence• Has 2 foster care liaisons and ahost of advocacy partners whoare committed to changing theexperience for former fosteryouth in higher education at WSU
WSU Friendship Food PantryHistory• Identified Need & Connected with the DFB• Received initial financial support from WSU• Added an AmeriCorps Vista Employee• Volunteer & Donation Supported• Graduate Student Coordinator• Collaborated with Student Support Services
WSU Friendship Food PantryWhat does this mean for former foster youth who becomecollege students at Wright State?• It is more likely that a Freshman student who is unemployed will be using theFriendship Food Pantry. Former foster youth who are now Wright State Studentsmay also utilize the Food Pantry.• Students who have meal plans also experience food insecurity.• Financial aid is not enough to cover all college students expenses.• Students sometimes have trouble budgeting their money and findthemselves in need of essentials.• Students have an opportunity to get involved, network and earn valuablevolunteer experience at the pantry. New this year, Independent Scholars willbe required to volunteer 2 to 4 hours per month.