Ohio Reach

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OVERVIEW
  • Mission: Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through Leadership, Empowerment, Advisory, Research and Networking (L.E.A.R.N.)
    • Leadership: Exploring current and future opportunities to support the post-secondary success of former foster youth in the state of Ohio.
    • Empowerment: Communicating regularly with the Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio  to ensure that youth voice remains integral to the Ohio Reach initiative.
    • Advisory: Communicating directly with students who reach out asking for help in pursuing their post-secondary goals, and connecting them with resources and support
    • Research: Staying up-to-date on national research and evidence-based practices regarding the enrollment and retention of foster care alumni in post-secondary education
    • Networking: Building and maintaining relationships with K-12 schools, Ohio colleges and universities and public/private child welfare agencies
  • Vision: For Ohio foster care youth to successfully transition from foster care to higher education, and complete post-secondary degrees and certificates
  • Timeline of the Ohio Reach initiative, from a foster care youth and alumni perspective.
RESOURCES
Statewide resources to support post-secondary success for foster care alumni include:
CAMPUS CONTACTS:
1.) Bowling Green State University
Cynthia Snodgrass serves as Associate Director of the Career Center, and has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. She can be reached at (419) 372-2356, csnodgr@bgsu.edu

2.)  Central State
~ Emerging Scholars Mentoring Program
Freshman attending Central State who have a foster care history can participant in Seeds2Success workshops for foster youth to attend with their mentors, Power Hour study tables and a Helping Hand by connecting them with local professionals. Please contact: Dr. Sonia Hunt, (937) 376-6649, shunt@centralstate.edu

3.) Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Neisha Wiley is a licensed social worker/counselor who has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. She can be reached at (513) 569-5779, neisha.wiley@cincinnatistate.edu

4.) Cleveland State University ~  Fostering Success and Leadership Programs 
These four programs are designed for youth who are aging out of foster care or experienced foster care and aspire to pursue an undergraduate degree.


5.) Columbus State Community College
~ Scholar Network

Current or former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Columbus State Community College can join the Scholar Network. This program provides ongoing mentorship, peer support, and leadership experience.

6.) Cuyahoga Community College ~ Reach Scholars Mentoring Program
Current or former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College can apply for a mentor. This program pairs students with a faculty member or staff member to provide encouragement, connection to College resources, and emotional support to ensure that the reach scholar makes academic progress toward degree completion.

7.) Franklin County ~
Scholar House 3
Designed by current and former foster youth, Scholar House 3 will open in September 2020, and provide housing and supportive services to 30 former foster youth between ages 18-24. Consistent with the Scholar House model, residents are expected to maintain full-time status at an accredited two or four-year College or University.
8.) Hamilton County ~ Higher Education Mentoring Initiative
This program provides Hamilton County foster youth with a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training.
9.) Hocking College
Angela Lee serves as Executive Director of Student Life and Student Engagement, and has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. She can be reached at (740) 753-7157, leea2770@hocking.edu 

10.) Ohio State University ~
Newark Campus and Central Ohio Technical College
David L. Wirt serves as a Clinical Counselor, and has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. He can be reached at (740) 366-9464, dwirt@cotc.edu
11.) Ohio University ~ OHIO Reach Scholars Program

This program exists to support college-age foster youth, as well as those disconnected from their biological families. Please contact: Dr. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzmán, Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention, 31 S. Court Street, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, (740) 593-9376, delacr@ohio.edu

12.) Sinclair Community College
Alicia Schroeder serves as Manager for Accessibility and Counseling Services, and has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. She can be reached at (937) 512-5369, alicia.schroeder@sinclair.edu

13.) Stark State College  
Elizabeth Inkinen-Juergensen works for Counseling Support Services, and has agreed to serve as Reach Campus Liaison to support former foster youth on campus. She can be reached at (330) 494-6170, Ext. 4219, ejuergensen@starkstate.edu

14.) Wright State University ~ Independent Scholars Network
Current or former foster youth who are admitted and enrolled at Wright State University can apply for this program. The ISN program offers a bridge to students who emancipate from foster care or disengage from the adoption process. They provide a wide range of services, including help with living arrangements and employment opportunities.
TOOLS FOR PROFESSIONALS:
  • The Every Students Succeeds Act requires schools and child welfare agencies to abide by specific guidelines and provide resources to ensure improved educational outcomes for children in foster care
  • 2017 HEMI Research Study is a 2017 economic research study that follows Hamilton County foster youth outcomes between 2008-2015.

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