Fostering Success Michigan Newsletter                   Volume    43         January 2016

The Center for Fostering Success at Western Michigan University and Fostering Success Michigan are thrilled to announce continued grant funding support from the Kresge Foundation! Check out the press release here for more details! 
Stay Tuned for a New Year of Webinars!
Next month we are kicking off the 2016 FSM Toolkit Webinar Series and 2016 Center for Fostering Success "Best Practice, Best Fit" Webinar Series.

Join us from the comfort of your computer screen as we tackle need-to-know information in the education to career pipeline for students with experience in foster care.
 Our webinars are a great way to gain professional development and the content is applicable students, professionals, and everyone in between!

Come one, come all, and come as you are! 
FSM Toolkit Webinar:  
Essentials of Care: Supportive Adult Toolkit  
with Dr. John DeGarmo 
Thursday, February 18th from 4:30-5:30PM 
Missed Out on Our Latest Webinars? Check Them Out Here!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application is due in Michigan by March 1st, 2016. There are MANY resources available to help students and supportive adults in filling out the FAFSA!
Get  tips for filling out the FAFSA here   and see answers to frequently asked questions about the FAFSA here ! You may also want to check out FSM's Financial Aid Toolkit , which has FAFSA information and much more! 

Supportive adults and professionals: Please check out any (or all) of the resources above. You can also take a look at FSM's Financial Aid Toolkit for Professionals
You can do it!! FSM will be here to help with more resources and support for youth and the professionals that work with them! 
Resource Spotlight: 
Thinking About Graduate School? 
Check out this resource website from the University of California-Davis Guardian  Professions Program! Whether you are a working professional thinking about heading back for a graduate degree, an undergraduate exploring career options,  or a high school student thinking about  the future, this site has much of the information you need to know to get to and through graduate school.
Click the link here for more information!   
Fostering Futures Scholarship Update  

The maximum award amount for Winter 2016 is $1500 for Tuition/Fees and Books/Supplies.
  • Funds are not available to support Room/Board during Winter 2016. 
  • No Fostering Futures Scholarship awards will be processed for Summer 2016. 
  • Financial Aid Offices will be notified of eligible students 1/20/2016. FFS Winter 2016 payments will begin processing 2/24/2016. 
If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Maurer, Fostering Futures Scholarship Coordinator, here!
Partner Spotlight: 
Michigan Department of Treasury-  Student Financial Services Bureau

The Michigan Department of Treasury-Student Financial Services Bureau is proud to be a sponsor of MI College Goal, coming February 2016. We encourage students and families to attend a MI College Goal event where an expert can help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   Assistance is available for free at over 30 locations throughout the State.

For information on MI College Goal and locations/dates, please  click here!

For information on State of Michigan aid programs, please click here!
Michigan Young Adult Survey  

In order to collect data on this population, a statewide data collection effort called the Michigan Young Adult Survey has been developed. This is a survey for young adults (aged 18-25) who live in Michigan most of the year.
  • This survey has questions in relation to thoughts and behaviors regarding alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
  • Share your thoughts and opinions and you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win 1 of 15 $100 Visa gift cards.
  • This survey is completely anonymous and confidential, meaning your responses will be protected and not associated with you personally.
Your honest answers will be used to develop programming for prevention for Michigan young adults. However, your answers will not be used for legislation purposes.
If you choose to assist in survey efforts, please track when and how you promoted the survey, and report this information to Elizabeth Agius at
Thank you for your time and assistance with our effort to promote wellness, strengthen communities, and facilitate recovery among Michigan residents. 
Fostering Success Coach Training 2016  Dates Now Open for Registration! 
Training Dates for Level I Coaching:  
March 30-Apr 1, 2016: Kalamazoo, MI
August 17-19, 2016: Kalamazoo, MI

November 16-18, 2016: Kalamazoo, MI

Click here to register! 


Coming Soon: 

Level I: May 2016: Location TBD

Level II: Summer 2016, Winter 2016


Click here for more information about Fostering Success Coach Training and registration details. 
January is National Mentoring Month! 

National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us - individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits-can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.

To find out more about how you can get involved, click  here! 
Apply Now to Be Michigan's
2016 FosterClub All-Star! 

As a FosterClub All-Star Intern, you will receive leadership training, help improve outcomes for foster youth transitioning out of care, educate peers and industry professionals, and change public perceptions about foster youth. To find out more or to apply now, click here!
What FSM Region are you in?  
Often, FSM will target specific regions of Michigan for  relevant  events, publications, or other information.
A New Year, A New Focus 

Welcome back! I hope that it was a restful, rejuvenating, and revitalizing winter break for all of you! That extra burst of energy will be helpful as winter hits full gear and the semester ramps up. Although it feels like we just got back to work, 2016 is already flying by at breakneck speed! 
Here at FSM, the team continues to celebrate the end of 2015 which was a huge year for the work being done to support students with experience in foster care. We saw the expansion of our already large network of partnerships with the addition of two new campus-based support programs, Lansing Community College Fostering Stars Program and Washtenaw Community College REACH Program, as well as new designated campus champions and financial aid champions. In addition to networking with partners at Regional Network Meetings around the state, FSM created many new resources such as our financial aid toolkit, various webinars, and so much more! We look forward to continuing the great work of 2015 in the year ahead!
As detailed above in the newsletter and the corresponding WMU press release, the Kresge Foundation has awarded a second major grant to Western Michigan University to continue its successful Fostering Success Michigan statewide effort. In this new three-year award from the Kresge Foundation, FSM will move into Phase II of our work. Our two main goals are focused on the best practices in college access and success for students from foster care and and creating sustainability for the ongoing work of Michigan's collective impact to increase positive outcomes in postsecondary education and careers for students who experience foster care.
As Socrates said, "the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new". We hope you will join the FSM team in focusing our energy on building new partnerships, developing new resources, and continuing to support one another in the work we do in 2016 and beyond!
Take care,  
Maddy Day, MSW
Director of Outreach and Training 
Center for Fostering Success 
Western Michigan University
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