We help make the college dream come true for youth from foster care.
Foster Progress empowers Illinois youth currently or formerly in foster care to attain a college degree and transition into adulthood successfully by providing mentorship, advocacy, and educational opportunity.
Imagine what an impact we could have if we gave youth the very best instead of the bare minimum. We start with the assumption that youth in foster care are capable of reaching their dreams if they have high-quality supports. We inspire them with a long-term vision of their future and help them put the pieces in place to make it into a reality.
We provide college educated, highly trained, one-on-one mentors to youth in foster care desiring to attend college.
We connect students to scholarships and grant money already available to them, as well as giving youth the opportunity to earn up to $5000 in Foster Progress’s Mentoring and Scholarship program.
We partner with the family, the high school, the foster care agency, and the college to provide a web of support for young people.
We advocate at colleges and at the state level by sharing resources and promoting better practices and policies proven to encourage youth's success.