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: