At First Star, young adults in foster care create vibrant and engaging futures.
Nationally, less than 50% of youth in foster care will graduate high school, and less than 10% will enroll in higher education.
At First Star, 100% graduate high school and 91% enroll in higher education.
The University of Utah First Star Academy is a four-year education program that improves educational outcomes for youth in foster care in Utah. First Star scholars create community, explore passions, build on talents and overcome systemic barriers to achieve educational success.
First Star Academy Foster Care Youth Access Challenge
Help unlock $5,000 for youth Foster Care! Thanks to a generous anonymous friend, when we hit 30 donors to First Star Academy on U Giving Day an additional $5,000 will be unlocked. Gifts of all sizes help collectively make a large impact for foster care youth in Utah.
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In the News
Press Release: The University of Utah First Star Academy and Impact Scholars Program receives a matching grant from the Community Foundation of Utah to pilot the Impact Scholars program
First Star featured on ABC's Nightline:
"One woman's journey out of foster care and the daunting task of 'aging out' for vulnerable youths"
Deseret News, February 2020
"First Star Academy's Day at the Capitol: Engaging Youth, Cultivating Leaders"
Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, August 2019