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Bridget Couture, our First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy Director, shares a beautiful moment she had with a scholar that will stay with her forever. Hint: rock climbing can make a great metaphor for life!.

Bridget Couture, our First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy Director, shares a beautiful moment she had with a scholar that will stay with her forever. Hint: rock climbing can make a great metaphor for life! ...

Summer will be here soon and that means our Summer Academies will be starting before we know it!.

Summer will be here soon and that means our Summer Academies will be starting before we know it! ...

Our First Star University of Miami Academy recently partnered with Educate Tomorrow and Our Kids to provide a 5-day tour of Miami College. Thank you for introducing our 10th graders to the college prep curriculum they will begin this summer!.

Our First Star University of Miami Academy recently partnered with Educate Tomorrow and Our Kids to provide a 5-day tour of Miami College. Thank you for introducing our 10th graders to the college prep curriculum they will begin this summer! ...

Had a wonderful time in Washington, DC with my fellow First Star Academy Directors, Coordinators and National staff learning and sharing best practices for the work we do with our scholars. Look forward to implementing newly learned strategies to take our young people to new heights! 
I even got to play tourist in the place I called home for 10 years! 🤗

#fostercareawareness #highereducation #firststar #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #fosteryouth #firststaracademies #youthleader #educatefosteryouth #educationmatters.

Had a wonderful time in Washington, DC with my fellow First Star Academy Directors, Coordinators and National staff learning and sharing best practices for the work we do with our scholars. Look forward to implementing newly learned strategies to take our young people to new heights! I even got to play tourist in the place I called home for 10 years! 🤗 #fostercareawareness #highereducation #firststar #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #fosteryouth #firststaracademies #youthleader #educatefosteryouth #educationmatters ...

I officially finished my first summer as Program Coordinator of UConn’s First Star Academy!! .
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I just spent the past month living on campus overseeing a pretty rigorous college prep summer program for high schoolers in the ct foster care system. I’m not going to pretend like it was easy - it definitely wasn’t - especially having only been hired 2 months ago, but I can honestly say i love my job so much ☺️☺️I learned a ton from the students, learned a lot about myself, and hopefully helped change some lives. .
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Last night I got to sleep in my own bed and see my puppies for the first time in over a month 🐶😍 .
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Now I get to see my favorite band @riseagainst play live for the first time ever!!! And find out if ninja is over his heartworm and can do puppy things again, go back to working and training at @real_life_ninja_academy_ct and do all the #ninjathings .
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Sometimes i have to just stop and reflect. Younger alex never would have believed you if you told her life could be this good. It’s pretty cool to watch the goals and vision i’ve set for my life start to become a reality, and i love that i get to help others do the same. 💕
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#firststaracademies #fsa2018 #studentaffairs #hesa #dreambig #dreamjob #fostercare #concert #americanninjawarrior #lifeisbeautiful #smile #grateful #livehappy #uconn #persist #letsunwritethesepagesandreplacethemwithourownwords #createthelifeyouwant.

I officially finished my first summer as Program Coordinator of UConn’s First Star Academy!! . . I just spent the past month living on campus overseeing a pretty rigorous college prep summer program for high schoolers in the ct foster care system. I’m not going to pretend like it was easy - it definitely wasn’t - especially having only been hired 2 months ago, but I can honestly say i love my job so much ☺️☺️I learned a ton from the students, learned a lot about myself, and hopefully helped change some lives. . . Last night I got to sleep in my own bed and see my puppies for the first time in over a month 🐶😍 . . Now I get to see my favorite band @riseagainst play live for the first time ever!!! And find out if ninja is over his heartworm and can do puppy things again, go back to working and training at @real_life_ninja_academy_ct and do all the #ninjathings . . Sometimes i have to just stop and reflect. Younger alex never would have believed you if you told her life could be this good. It’s pretty cool to watch the goals and vision i’ve set for my life start to become a reality, and i love that i get to help others do the same. 💕 . . . . #firststaracademies #fsa2018 #studentaffairs #hesa #dreambig #dreamjob #fostercare #concert #americanninjawarrior #lifeisbeautiful #smile #grateful #livehappy #uconn #persist #letsunwritethesepagesandreplacethemwithourownwords #createthelifeyouwant ...

Truly an amazing time at @firststarcharity 14th Annual Celebration “Come Be A Kid Again!” ☺️! 🙌🏻. . Empowering our foster youth is something that I am personally passionate about and believe in. Did you know that less than 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, only 10% enroll in college and less then 3% earn a college degree...? @firststarcharity works with universities and child welfare agencies to improve lives through innovative college-preparatory programs to combat these statistics! Successfully too!  99% of participating foster youth graduate high school! 🙌🏻 91% go on to higher education! 🙌🏻👏🏻 Thank you @firststarcharity for your hard work and dedication to our youth! Thank you for making this world a better place! .
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Truly an amazing time at @firststarcharity 14th Annual Celebration “Come Be A Kid Again!” ☺️! 🙌🏻. . Empowering our foster youth is something that I am personally passionate about and believe in. Did you know that less than 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, only 10% enroll in college and less then 3% earn a college degree...? @firststarcharity works with universities and child welfare agencies to improve lives through innovative college-preparatory programs to combat these statistics! Successfully too! 99% of participating foster youth graduate high school! 🙌🏻 91% go on to higher education! 🙌🏻👏🏻 Thank you @firststarcharity for your hard work and dedication to our youth! Thank you for making this world a better place! . . . #firststar #educatefosteryouth #firststaracademies #fosteryouth #fosteryouthvoices #firststarcelebration #education #opportunity #innovative #collegepreparatory #investinthefuture #juliannageldien #bradschmidt ...

This month, we join LAX and other national leaders in going blue to honor Foster Care Awareness Month. With more than 28,000 foster youth in Los Angeles County, this community really understands the need for families to open their homes and hearts to young people in need -- although the need stretches across our nation and beyond.

What will you do this month to show your support for Foster Care Awareness?.

This month, we join LAX and other national leaders in going blue to honor Foster Care Awareness Month. With more than 28,000 foster youth in Los Angeles County, this community really understands the need for families to open their homes and hearts to young people in need -- although the need stretches across our nation and beyond. What will you do this month to show your support for Foster Care Awareness? ...

No matter your past, the future is bright. First Star is helping pave the path to high school graduation and beyond for foster youth in need.

We know you can do it, you just have to believe it!

Show a foster youth that you believe in them, too, by visiting the link in our bio..

No matter your past, the future is bright. First Star is helping pave the path to high school graduation and beyond for foster youth in need. We know you can do it, you just have to believe it! Show a foster youth that you believe in them, too, by visiting the link in our bio. ...

A gift of just $5 can make a difference in the life of a foster youth. You can help provide the support, tools, and resources they need to graduate high school and pursue higher education or a passionate career..

A gift of just $5 can make a difference in the life of a foster youth. You can help provide the support, tools, and resources they need to graduate high school and pursue higher education or a passionate career. ...

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Our Rutgers University Camden scholars had a great summer session last year!

We can’t wait to see what exciting experiences our scholars have this year. Summer is just around the corner!!.

Our Rutgers University Camden scholars had a great summer session last year! We can’t wait to see what exciting experiences our scholars have this year. Summer is just around the corner!! ...

Bridget Couture, our First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy Director, shares a beautiful moment she had with a scholar that will stay with her forever. Hint: rock climbing can make a great metaphor for life!.

Bridget Couture, our First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy Director, shares a beautiful moment she had with a scholar that will stay with her forever. Hint: rock climbing can make a great metaphor for life! ...

High school graduations are right around the corner. When foster youth walk across that stage, what kind of future will they be walking towards? 
Help us ensure that foster youth are prepared for independence and life beyond the foster care system by donating through the link in our bio..

High school graduations are right around the corner. When foster youth walk across that stage, what kind of future will they be walking towards? Help us ensure that foster youth are prepared for independence and life beyond the foster care system by donating through the link in our bio. ...

First Star Arizona State University Academy Director, Gaby Jimenez, shares her biggest wish for her scholars. Thank you, Gaby, for your hard work in helping our scholars achieve their dreams!.

First Star Arizona State University Academy Director, Gaby Jimenez, shares her biggest wish for her scholars. Thank you, Gaby, for your hard work in helping our scholars achieve their dreams! ...

To all the moms - biological moms, foster moms, adopted moms - you’re all amazing for everything you do. Happy Mother’s Day! The First Star Family wouldn’t be complete without you 🌟.

To all the moms - biological moms, foster moms, adopted moms - you’re all amazing for everything you do. Happy Mother’s Day! The First Star Family wouldn’t be complete without you 🌟 ...

First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy alumnus, Brandon, shares one of his key takeaways from completing the First Star Academy program.

Thanks for sharing, Brandon!.

First Star Loyola University Chicago Academy alumnus, Brandon, shares one of his key takeaways from completing the First Star Academy program. Thanks for sharing, Brandon! ...