Fostering Laker Success
To recruit, retain, and graduate youth that have experience with the foster care system with the goal of post-secondary completion at GVSU.
Fostering Laker Success, works to provide a supportive network to program participants to ensure their success on and off campus. Laker participants will have access to key resources that can help them succeed academically, professionally and develop fundamental life skills.
90% of youth served have a mentor
95% of youth served are still enrolled in Grand Valley State University after services began
90% of youth served have access to a financial institution
100% of youth served are in a safe, appropriate, affordable housing
Fostering Laker Success utilizes the Fostering Success Coach Modeling program (that has been successful used on 16 different campuses). We partner with students and provide them support in navigating college, Health Services, and preparation of post-graduation transition. Using the Casey Family Programs Life Skills Assessment and It’s my life domains, each student will have develop and individuated personal plan to achieve their goal.
Our program started in September 2017. We have already impacted many of the students we work with. We will continue to post updates!
“My favorite this about FLS is meeting students I can relate too.” – FLS Participant
“My favorite thing about FLS is the sense of community” – FLS Participant
Jessica R Campbell (JC), LMSW
We serve students who have experienced foster care. Through campus collaboration, we provide a supportive network to ensure their success on and off campus. Together, we work to help students achieve their academic and personal goals.
Fostering Laker Success Seven Life Domains
Fostering Laker Success coaching is guided by 7 Life Domains, listed below and pictured to the left.
- Basic Needs
- Finances and Employment
- Physical and Mental Health
- Cultural and Personal Identify
- GV Community Experiences and Supportive Relationships
- Life Skills and Destination Planning
New program to help support foster youth
Fostering Laker Success has launched, as a result of the award granted by the Dept. Health and Human Services.
Learn about the statewide effort to help with college for those with foster experience - fosteringsuccessmichigan.com
Fostering Laker Success - Mentoring Program
Becoming a mentor to program participants is a great way to get involved with Fostering Laker Success. Mentoring is a proven to produce positive outcomes for both mentors and mentee. As a mentor you will serve as a campus connector, helping students navigate campus, access certain resources, but most importantly you will serve as supportive adult on Grand Valley’s Campus.
“The weekly meet-ups I had with …my mentor was super helpful. I am grateful for the academic support and pushing me to become more outside of school!” - FLS participant
Each mentor will be given a mentor profile sheet to complete during training, which will be composed by FLS students. Prior to becoming a mentor, you will receive specialized training that will help you better understand working with youth who have experienced foster care. The state of Michigan also has some wonderful resources for mentors who work with youth that have experienced foster care.
Fostering Laker Success Program Information
Fostering Laker Success is a federal grant funded program. It’s sustainability will come from the Grand Valley State University support, grants, and individual donations. See the impact: Avion Silas
Please consider supporting our program through making a tax deductible donation online Fostering Laker Success Fund, by phone 616.331.6000 or send a check payable to Grand Valley Laker Effect Fund. In the memo line enter Fostering Laker Success and mail to:
Grand Valley State University
LV Eberhard Center 9th Floor
301 Fulton St W
PO Box 2005
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2005
Of you are interested in planned giving, please contact University Development 616.331.6000.
Fostering Laker Success also accepts gift cards and school supplies for students welcome baskets. Please contact Jessica R Campbell (JC), Independent Living Skills Coach for further information; email@example.com or 616-331-2748.