Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fostering Youth Empowerment & Wellness: Supporting Community College Foster Youth
by Alder, Stephanie A. Beaver, M.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2015, 98; 10098575
Abstract (Summary)

Foster youth face significant challenges as they navigate higher education; estimated rates of those who obtain Bachelor Degrees vary from 1 to 11% (Casey Family Services, 1999; Emerson, 2006; Pecora et al., 2003). Grounded in identity, attachment, development, and student success theories and rooted in relational cultural therapy, this proposed program applies components to help counter and shrink the achievement gap of foster youth. Utilizing case management, a mentoring program, and across-system collaboration and communication, educational outcomes for foster youth can be improved, avenues for positive and consistent interpersonal adult connections can be provided, and access to existing services across campus, local, and county systems for foster youth attending a community colleges can be improved. The challenges facing foster youth, associated theories and proposed intervention components are examined and supported by the literature. Intervention strengths, limitations, and implications are also explored.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sosa, Gloria A.
Commitee: Nunley, Tracy
School: Saint Mary's College of California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Social work, Higher education
Keywords: Across-system communication, Attachment, Case-management, Foster care, Foster youth, Mentoring
Publication Number: 10098575
ISBN: 978-1-339-62634-5
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