Ohio foster care youth and alumni have been working with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and Columbus State Community College to propose a Scholar House III for former foster youth pursuing higher education.
Former foster youth themselves, including participants in the Columbus State Scholar Network, worked with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority to decide what services would be needed, and to vote on specific elements related to building design.
Our project was chosen as a secondary priority for the 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan’s set aside for Transitioning Aged Youth – and our understanding is that only the first recommendation will actually be funded.
Sabrina Niezgoda whose motto is “Persistence over everything,” is not willing to give up on this project. She and other youth leaders recently recommended that the next step might be:
- To host a Round Table in May, with foster care youth/alumni “Captains” at each table, along with Flip Charts, to brainstorm how to move this project forward.
- The youth came up with a list of people to invite to the Roundtable, including the Mayor, the Ohio Attorney General, County Commissioners, Shelter and Policy Board, CMHA, CPO Management, President of CSCC, President of OSU, OSU Foundation Staff, OACCA, CEO of White Castle, CEO of Mitchell’s, JCPCares, Chase Bank, the Wexners, the Schottensteins, Cardinal Health, Nationwide, Fortune 500 companies, and lobbyists