Aging Out Successfully
The Aging Out Successfully program provides high school aged foster youth with a practical blend of physical support plus flexible academic program access. It ensures completion of a high school or approved alternative pathway, through a “cocoon” of highly personalized services that maximize the probability of achievement critically needed by this at-risk student population.
E.A.R.N. programs focus on supporting the most at-risk student populations. It takes more than simply providing access to physical or online classes. These students need motivation and on-demand support. Recent studies show that purely physical, or virtual, classrooms produce the lowest performance results. Lacking a high school credential, these former foster youth, are the highest risk segment of becoming Arizona’s most expensive social services group.
Today, 67% of foster youth that “age out” will not receive a high school credential. Of those, 20% will immediately become homeless, and 60% of young men will be convicted of a crime within just a few years. Only 50% will find gainful employment by age 24, and many will develop a substance dependence. E.A.R.N.’s “Education Cocoon” will make a difference.
A mentor review and academic assessment places students on an optimal path for success. This determines the needs and placement into the “cocoon” of personalized services that will ensure successful attain of a high school credential for each individual student prior to Aging Out of Foster Care.
Education Program Cocooning removes the historic obstacles faced by at-risk students in pursuit of their education goals. Mentorship and integrated support services are individualized to meet the accelerated completion needs of each student.
E.A.R.N. programs offer enhanced teacher engagement, remediation, and on-demand tutoring to rapidly evolve their core academic skills. Most foster youth that are low performing at age 15 and up, critically need this foundational remediation program for both traditional or an approved alternative high school completion pathway.
Components to this program include mentor and teacher assignment, 24/7 access to academic courses, resource centers, unlimited in-course tutoring, enhanced teacher engagement and proctored program testing arrangement. However, we also provide, when necessary, transportation, computer equipment, internet access, transition assistance, and life-skills counseling.
The AOS program provides comprehensive, on-demand summary and detailed reports for individual & group performance. They include study trend charts, class activity, student challenge, and completion target reports. Our partners (and case workers) have 24/7 real-time dashboard access, with ability to add new/delete/modify enrolled students, view key program, teacher, group, and individual student performance details. Together we help our at-risk foster youth to reach this critical education goal.
What We Provide
While the life challenges or circumstances of each AoA recipient may vary, all students will receive the following services as part of their award package:
- Skills Assessment Test
- Placement & Learning Plan
- GED Preparation Program
- Computer Equipment
- Internet Access
- GED Test
- Child Care Assistance during program (if applicable)
- Local Transportation to campus or testing site (if applicable)
How You Can Help
The full scholarship for an AoA recipient is between $2000-$4000* per award. Amount will vary based on need and route to completion selected-either 1 year high school diploma or GED option.
While no amount is too small, there are several options to choose from to fund our Aging Out Assistance initiative including 1X donations, ongoing monthly support, micro-campaigns or in-kind support sponsorship.
We are committed to being good stewards of the funds we receive and ensuring our goal to impact as many life-challenged students as we can. We thank you in advance as you help us build a stronger community-one life-challenged student at a time.
Please note: E.A.R.N. uses PayPal to process donations. You do not need to have a PayPal account to continue.