May 2019 Foster Care Special Edition

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• A Special Edition of Envision Equity was created for Foster Care Awareness month

in May 2018, and again in May 2019.

• Back to School Bash held in partnership with Aetna Better Health and True Up.

Over 85 students who attend State Agency Schools received school supplies.

• JCPS was able to provide over 1200.00 in gift cards for students in foster care at

a collaborative holiday celebration.

• The FAFSA Challenge with school counselors allowed 17 seniors in foster care to

complete their FAFSA within the first 30 days of eligibility.

• 27 students in foster care attended the Equity in Higher Education Conference at

the University of Louisville and 3 received scholarships toward higher education.

• Students in foster care have received new uniforms and shoes, and gently used

clothing, coats, etc. from the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program.

• Graduation celebration held in collaboration with DCBS and Private Child Care

agencies to celebrate the 28 seniors in foster care who graduated in 2018 and a

celebration will be held again in 2019.

• As part of the FACES of JCPS video collection, a video for foster parents was

recorded to inform them of the services available to students in foster care.

• VOICES of Students in Foster Care audio recording was developed for training

purposes. This video incorporated interviews of 6 JCPS students in foster care

and the importance of educational stability.

• Students in foster care have been provided with access to out-of-school time

activities, including literacy and programs, tutoring at the JCPS satellite office,

Girls on the Rise, and more.

• College and Career Fair will be held May 21, 2019 in collaboration Boys and Girls

Haven, Youth Build Louisville/Summer Works, and other child welfare and

advocacy agencies to allow students in foster care to explore a variety of

colleges and careers.

• 1 mile walk to be held May 18, 2019 at Shawnee Park to bring awareness to the

needs of various groups of students, including students in foster care.

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