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Fostering Laker Success
A Grant Funded Initiative!
Fostering Laker Success has launched, as a result of a grant provided by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. View Grant Information
Learn about the statewide effort to improve graduation rates for youth who have experienced foster care by visiting fosteringsuccessmichigan.com.
Support Our New Scholarship
Fostering Laker Success is participating in Giving Tuesday! Our goal is to fully support 10 students. We invite you to support our program, www.gvsu.edu/giving/fls.
- $3,000 - $5000 - Closes tuition gap for one student
- $3,500 - 5,500 - Pays for summer housing for one student
- $150 - $300 - Covers the cost of 1 textbook
"I am truly grateful for the opportunities FLS has given me. Talking about life skills and getting hands-on experience on how it will look in the real world has prepared me on how to carry myself in trials and tribulations. Being able to talk about how I want my future to be and the tasks that I have to complete to get there has been very helpful too. I appreciate this program so much, and I am happy that I am able to be a part of it." -FLS Participant
Support our Fostering Laker Success Scholarship - Here
Fostering Laker Success strives to recruit and retain students who have experienced foster care and other out-of-home placements by providing access to resources that encourage successful inclusion within and graduation from the GVSU community.
Fostering Laker Success (FLS), is a grant funded effort that 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. FLS has joined the statewide college/university initiative to increase college graduation rates among youth who have experienced foster care.
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! See our social media links below.
"The support I receive from the staff, the mentor and coaching opportunity are irreplaceable. The sense of community and belonging from FLS has made my college life experience much more enjoyable. I'm grateful that program existed during my college years and for the immense support to allow me moving forward with my educational goals.” – FLS Participant 2020
"At least once a month, Fostering Laker Success students would get together to have a community dinner. These dinners were a great way for all the students involved to get together. At these dinners, we would eat our favorite foods, play board games and communicate with one another on a deeper level. ” – FLS Graduate 2020
Jessica R Campbell (JC), LMSW
Fostering Laker Success Seven Life Domains
Fostering Laker Success coaching is guided by 7 Life Domains, listed below and pictured to the right.
- Basic Needs
- Finances and Employment
- Physical and Mental Health
- Cultural and Personal Identity
- GV Community Experiences and Supportive Relationships
- Life Skills and Destination Planning
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. And if you are interested in planned giving, please contact University Development (616) 331-6000.