The way to have a deep and lasting impact in the lives of foster youth is to be with them over the long haul.
By building relationships with youth over an extended period, UFC’s programs focus on commitment and consistency. By forging trusting relationships with the youth in our programs, we are addressing the single most critical emotional need for foster youth.
With the proper support and guidance, a job and a place to live, former foster youth can make a successful transition to adulthood.
It doesn’t happen magically when they turn 18. However, we have a unique opportunity and, in fact, a responsibility to provide foster youth ages 18-24 with the support that will allow them to prepare for independence. In Pathways, we do this by surrounding them with positive role models, creating enduring relationships, challenging them to better themselves and providing them with the safety net of a service-enriched housing program.
The current dismal outcomes for foster kids relative to education can be changed.
Poor educational outcomes are a major factor in the lack of success foster youth experience in their transition out of care. By preparing more foster youth to graduate from high school (College Readiness) and attend and graduate from four-year colleges (College Sponsorship), UFC is dramatically increasing their chances for success.
vs. General Outcomes for Foster Youth
87% of UFC active Pathways Alumni
are in stable housing
36% of foster youth
are homeless within 18 months of leaving care
74% of UFC active Pathways Alumni
51% of foster youth
are unemployed within 3 yrs of leaving care
100% of UFC College Readiness Students
in our program 4+ years graduate from high school
50% of foster youth
do not graduate from high school
70% of UFC College Sponsorship Students
graduate from college
13% of foster youth
attend college and less than 1% graduate