Our Mission: According to the National Foster Youth Institute, less than 3% of foster youth ever graduate from a 4-year college. Whether it’s because of a lack of familial support, being a first-generation student or having to work a full-time job, the Fostering Jayhawk Success Fundraising Club came together to provide more incentive to stay in school. Our club of four members is working to raise funds that can be used by former or current foster youth that are degree-seeking students at the University of Kansas and to raise awareness of Kansas's foster care system.
About Us: The Fostering Jayhawk Success Fundraising Club is a student-led organization at the University of Kansas that started this semester. Our team consists of students from diverse backgrounds and academic majors, but who all know the importance of community support. Making a difference in the lives of others is always top priority for us.
Our Goal: Our goal for the fall semester of 2019, is to help as many foster youth at KU as possible. The money raised will not only go toward tuition, books and other school supplies, but also necessities like winter clothes, food and transportation costs. Only about 50% of foster youth ever graduate from high school and less than 3% ever graduate from a 4-year college, according to the National Foster Youth Institute. College is tough even if you have a family supporting you and don’t need to worry about money or figuring out how college works, but this isn’t the case for most foster youth and these difficulties are often what drive students to drop out. Education is important, empowering and often the best way to reach your full potential. Receiving a scholarship that is entirely community-funded and dedicated only to foster youth is a reminder that foster youth are cared for and that this community believes that they have what it takes to stay in school and graduate.
Our fund goal of $2500 will help 5 students receive the necessities they need to keep them in college and create a brighter future. College is hard enough already, let’s come together and make it a little easier for those in need.