Written by Foundling Guest Blogger, Christina, a Graduate of The Foundling’s Road to Success Program.

My recent semester at Johnson & Wales University was a memorable one, and getting ready to transition from a college Sophomore to a Junior is difficult, emotional, and exciting—all at the same time.

This past semester I began to meet with my academic advisors and they helped me plan the classes I will take over the next two years at school. It’s hard to believe that I’ve now completed two years…I’m halfway done with school, and it’s gone by fast.

Sophomore year was trickier compared to my Freshman year, which is what I expected, so it didn’t come as a surprise. My Abnormal Psychology course was quite intense, and required study time to keep up with the fast pace and new concepts. I was thankful for my Criminal Courts and Deviance classes, however. I learned so much in these hands-on courses, and even got to visit a juvenile facility!  I’m glad I was able to stay motivated, no matter how difficult a class may have gotten, or how difficult a professor may have been.

One thing I can say for certain: I remained focused on my goals and knowing that I completed two years! This has kept me excited for the rest of my college path, and the remaining classes I need to take towards my major in Criminal Justice.

The Foundling has stayed by my side for these past two years, and throughout my adolescence, and I know they continue to support me as I continue to grow and learn. I can’t wait to look back when I’m older at what I was able to accomplish, despite the challenges I had growing up in foster care. Today I have a great relationship with my foster family, and I’m in close contact with members of my biological family too—which is really special and important to me.

This summer is going to be really busy, and the work doesn’t stop. I am interning with The Foundling for a second summer, this time with the Human Resources Team as a Project Assistant (last year I interned with the Business Operations Team).  I can’t wait to learn about the different areas of recruitment, benefits administration, and other HR practices. These are skills I can bring back to campus at Johnson & Wales to continue my success.

 


The Foundling’s Road to Success program is a tutoring program especially for high school students who are in foster care. Watch this video story to learn more about Road to Success and how our wrap-around education services empower students to succeed in high school and beyond.

Written by Foundling Intern and Guest Blogger, Liam M.

 

As students at The New York Foundling’s charter school, Mott Haven Academy wrap up classes for the year, they are still taking the time to enjoy once of a lifetime opportunities, including field trips and activities to help them learn about teamwork, setting and achieving goals, and applying what they’ve learned in the classrooms to real-life experiences.

 

Here is a recent roundup of what our students ‘scholars’ have been able to achieve in recent weeks:

  • Middle school students were invited to watch the New York Jets take the field for a pre-season practice. Watching an NFL team run drills, sprints and other activities was a blast for the students as they got to see some of their favorite football players. Thank you to the New York Jets for providing our students with an unforgettable experience!

 

Kids Meeting the NY Jets

Students waiting eagerly to meet their favorite Jets players!

  • 5th graders went on an exciting field trip to Club Getaway in Connecticut to celebrate all of their achievements in the classroom over the past year. Throughout the day, the students were challenged with a multitude of entertaining activities and sports. This was a great bonding experience for the kids as they learned how to develop a sense of community with one another, and encouraged each other to overcome tough obstacles.  Mott Haven Academy would love to thank Club Getaway for providing the children with an exhilarating day in the outdoors.
  • 4th graders performed an impressive ballet recently which told the story of the American Revolution. The students prepared for weeks and learned the techniques and skills of ballet from experts at the Art of the Dance World Academy. Learning the art of ballet as they studied the American Revolution added an element of excitement and passion to the curriculum, tying together history and dance. Special thanks to the Art of the Dance World Academy for providing input and guidance on this incredible performance.

 

Ballet of American Revolution

4th graders performing their ballet of the American Revolution

  • Mott Haven Academy scholars visited the Met Opera House on the Upper West Side to watch a dress rehearsal of Whipped Cream performed by the American Ballet Theater. Prior to the event, students took advantage of a beautiful day and had a picnic lunch in Central Park. Thank you Met Opera House and the American Ballet Theater for providing the students with an entertaining and impactful day!

 

Lincoln Square Fountain with Kids

students at the Revson Fountain in Lincoln Square

  • Haven’s middle school students visited Governor’s Island to learn about farming! The students had an awesome and insightful day as they learned different techniques, skills and approaches to farming and agriculture. Mott Haven thanks the staff members at Governor’s island for teaching the students about farming!

 

Students taking in the atmosphere on Governor’s Island

Students taking in the atmosphere on Governor’s Island

As the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a close, The Foundling would like to applaud and celebrate the teachers, staff, and students at Mott Haven Academy for another successful year! For more updates, please visit Haven Academy’s Facebook page!

 

Written by Foundling Guest Blogger, Christina, a Graduate of The Foundling’s Road to Success Program.

 

Freshman year was definitely the year where you brace yourself for the following three years of college. Now that I am in my sophomore year, I feel ready to finish off the remaining years and earn my degree. I keep myself motivated by remembering that the end is going to be very beneficial. Yes, there is a load of school work—I must admit—but when you are determined, nothing is ever too much. This is the year for internships and connections in the criminal justice field, and I can’t wait to get started.

 

I’m beyond grateful that I’m enrolled in college because I am learning so much about myself about the world. This year has brought many different options and different views on life. I came into college determined to go into the FBI , and now that I am in my sophomore year, I see that there are more fields that interest me other than the FBI (for example a real estate attorney).

 

The best part about college is that you get to explore and change your mind as many times as you want until you find something that really fits you best!

 

I’m happy that The New York Foundling is by my side through it all, being there for me, whether I wanted to go into the FBI or become a doctor. Having support while in college is very crucial because many kids may not be as motivated when they don’t have someone there pushing them, or even just being there for them emotionally. I’m excited to finish the rest of this year and to start my junior year with a smarter and stronger mindset…because there is always room for improvement!

 

The Foundling’s Road to Success program is a tutoring program especially for high school students who are in foster care. Watch this video story to learn more about Road to Success and how our wrap-around education services empower students to succeed in high school and beyond.

 

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The New York Foundling had no choice but to cancel upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Program workshops across New York City schools due to lack of funding for this impactful program, which uses puppets to teach children how to recognize and stop child abuse. Last year alone, it resulted in 165 calls to New York State’s child abuse hotline. NBC’s Melissa Russo has the full story. WATCH HERE

The journey to college isn’t easy — but getting there was especially challenging for Christina. As a young teen in foster care, reeling from past trauma and adjusting to a new foster home, it was difficult to focus on classes and homework. It wasn’t until she was offered the opportunity to join The Foundling’s Road to Success program, a specialized tutoring program for teens in foster care, that she got the personalized academic support she needed to turn her grades — and her future — around.

 

Just 10% of teens in foster care begin college. Only 3% graduate. Christina will be one of them.

 

Road to Success has provided more than 15,000 hours of one-on-one tutoring to students involved in the child welfare system since it was launched in 2013, and high school graduation rates for young people who participate are 85% — higher than the general graduation rate in New York City.

 

Christina shares firsthand how much Road to Success and the opportunity to attend college has impacted her life, confidence, and future outlook in the guest blog posts below:

A look at how The Foundling’s Haven Academy is finding success in educating children whose lives have been hijacked by abuse, neglect and violence. READ MORE

Students at The New York Foundling’s Mott Haven Academy in the Bronx brought their role models to school for the second annual Bring Your Male Role Model to School Day. Fathers, brothers, uncles, foster parents, and family friends attended the event which celebrates male role models in the lives of young people. WATCH HERE