“Bridging Success has brought me the feeling that college is possible.” — Cynthia, graduate student at Arizona State University and former foster youth

Only 3% of foster youth graduate college. Here’s what ASU is doing to change that

Did you know that out of the thousands of foster youth who age out of the foster care system every year in the United States, about 10% will pursue a college degree, but only about 3% will complete an undergraduate degree by the age of 26?

Consider that compared to the 78% graduation rate in Arizona (as of 2017), and the numbers are pretty abysmal.

“I would like to let you know how much I appreciate the emergency fund I have received. When my roommate moved out before the lease ended, I found myself in unexpected financial difficulties. With the emergency fund, I did not stress out like I usually would. Instead, I was able to focus on my classes. Getting help in a sudden situation means everything, and also it motivates me in a way…wanting to become the one who gives someday.” — Anne, environmental design student and former foster youth

I fight for foster youth every day, a job that is uniquely gratifying and exhausting, all because I know generous people stand behind me and make it happen. It’s incredible to see the outpouring of support for students in need, and that together, we can help them become educated, successful young people.

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