Mission: The purpose of the organization is to provide academic and career support and funding to youth who were orphaned or in the foster care system so they can enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient adults.
Programs: Education and training vouchers - administering state grants, tuition waivers and other funds to 3,729 students attending 2,991 postsecondary institutions (training programs, community colleges and universities). The program is national; however, focus is on the eight states of alabama, arizona, colorado, maryland, missouri, north carolina, new york and ohio. Students receive personalized coaching and encouragement, leadership opportunities and care packages.
care packages - securing items, packing and mailing 7500 + boxes each academic year and working with business and community groups throughout the country to send care packages to fc2s students. These boxes are a tangible demonstration of the care and concern felt by people nationwide towards young people in foster care; each box contains items both necessary to and desired by college students, along with personal cards and notes from volunteers. Annually for valentine's day, each student gets a hand-crafted red scarf which becomes, for many, a treasured keepsake.
casey family scholars - administering scholarship funds and providing intensive individual support that focuses on cognitive coaching to address the academic, career, personal and financial concerns of 45 foster youth attending postsecondary institutions nationwide. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit and need, and may be renewed for five years. 90% of funds are designated for undergraduate work; 10% may be used to support graduate students. Over a 15-year period, the scholarship has maintained 65% graduation and 75% persistence rates.
aim higher scholars - hosting an annual summer leadership program for 26 students in washington dc. Scholars are selected by a competitive process from among all fc2s students. They participate in workshops, seminars and public events that encourage and teach and them to be spokespersons for their peers in foster care and themselves as young professionals. Most expenses, including travel, housing and meals are covered by the program.