High School Roadmap – Emerging Scholars Program

High school foster youth meet with a Masters in Social Work (MSW) graduate student intern, supervised by a Field Instructor in our office. The MSW interns help the high school foster youth identify educational and career goals, and access tutoring, counseling, internships, and other resources to achieve their goals.

The program has two objectives:

  • Foster youth pass the high school exit exams and complete high school at the same rate as youth in the general population.
  • MSW graduate students are trained to effectively address the educational needs and rights of youth in the foster care system.

Emerging Scholars addresses the education needs of high school age foster youth, providing a comprehensive system that spans from freshman through senior year. The program links existing community resources to ensure that youth are accessing the services they need, are on pace to complete high school, are being referred to the appropriate resources, and are being prepared for post-secondary education. Recognizing that improving educational outcomes must involve multiple stakeholders, and continuing in our tradition of capitalizing on partnerships, Emerging Scholars is a collaborative effort involving Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), County Office of Education Foster Youth Services (COE-FYS), and the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD). Emerging Scholars also brings Independent Living Program providers, local community colleges, and four year colleges to the table to coordinate efforts to support foster youth through the critical transition from high school to emancipation. .

For more information contact: Marie-Christine Busque

“It may be a tough road ahead, but it isn’t a job I can’t handle with the good Lord’s help.”