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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.



Now Hiring for Summer 2023

Youth Coaches:

Youth Coach Application 2023 - Day Shift

Youth Coach Application 2023 - Night Shift

Summer Instructor:

First Star Summer Academy Instructor

Applications for students will open in Fall 2023

Program information

Interested in supporting youth in foster care? Join us.



Last Updated: 5/16/23