May 2019 Foster Care Special Edition

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ENVISION EQUITY MAY 2019

Our students, who have been outside the circle in the past, were welcomed, inspired and truly

felt a part of the conference. One of our students said that the conference, “is motivating me to

move forward in life and (look) at all my options…they gave me the information I needed.”

Another student shared, “they made me think long and hard on what I really want to be and do

after high school.” Students felt the presentations were helpful and motivating, especially

Twany Beckham’s inspirational story. Presenters brought messages of acceptance, inspiration,

perseverance and real possibilities for the future. The conference allowed them to see that

despite their challenges and misfortunes, they do have opportunities to achieve their goals.

One student said that she learned to, “make sure you try no matter what obstacles you face.”

Not only did the conference provide a wealth information, but our students were empowered

and motivated when they returned to school.

The Equity in Higher Education

Conference was a key event for our

students this year. Throughout the school

year, students have been on a variety of

college campus tours including sessions

at Eastern Kentucky University, Jefferson

Community and Technical College, and

Kentucky State University. We have also

invited several guest speakers to talk with

our students including representatives

from KHEAA. Our guidance counselor also

coordinated a college and career fair

where a host of college and university

representatives, trade schools, local

employers such as UPS, and support

services participated to provide our students with valuable information about their programs

and post-secondary education. Providing programs and conferences such as these have really

motivated and challenged our students to want to be more successful in the classroom and on

assessments.

Enriching our students’ education with post-secondary possibilities has lit a fire in many of our

students. They are more invested in their studies and take more pride in their work. Our

students even ask to take their MAP tests and can’t wait to see their growth. It is also important

for our students to see that we, as their educators, are invested in them. We believe in them. We

believe in the possibilities and we believe in who they can become. Providing a world of

possibilities for post-secondary success should be the norm for all of our students across the

district, especially for our students in foster care and residential programs who are busy writing

their new chapters.

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