AFFCF is currently funding 81 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. This month, we're pleased to introduce Jazmin, who is telling her story in her own words.
"At age 18, after two and a half years of being in the foster care system, I chose to stay part of the system voluntarily. The Department of Child Safety (DCS) offers extended foster care through the Young Adult Program up until a young adult’s 21st birthday. I earned my GED, applied and registered at Central Arizona College. I plan to use the Arizona State University (ASU) transfer map to attend ASU after I receive 24 credits at community college. I plan to use the AFFCF scholarship to build a rewarding life.
My first goal is to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, so I have a relevant degree that I'm passionate about. I am currently also attending real estate school. My lifelong career goals are to practice real estate in Arizona’s expanding market while continuing my education and applying for the ASU’s Master of Social Work Child Welfare Education Program. I aspire to work on my master’s degree in Child Development and Psychology. My ultimate focus is to become a social worker in Southern Arizona, with a loving family of my own and a successful life I built myself.
I have a strong passion to give children the opportunities and benefits that I was given while in the foster care system, to help them build their own healthy, safe and successful lives, and ultimately, give back to my community. I’m grateful that this is possible because of programs like the AFFCF