Join the Urban Institute, in collaboration with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to discuss the results of a formative evaluation of the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University. Current research shows young people leaving foster care are much less likely than their peers to earn a college degree. Programs like Seita provide additional support for former foster youth enrolled in college. Our conversation will focus on how the Seita Scholars Program supports college students with a history of foster care and what we learned about the program from our evaluation.
- Amy Dworsky, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
- Ronicka Hamilton, Director, Seita Scholars Program, Western Michigan University
- Catherine Heath, Child Welfare Program Specialist, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Mike Pergamit, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
- Nijeria Peterson, Seita Scholars Program Peer Mentor, Western Michigan University
- Yvonne Unrau, Director, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University
About the Strategies for Supporting Young People Transitioning Out of Foster Care webinar Series
Many programs help young people transitioning out of foster care find stable employment and pursue postsecondary education. However, little is known about these programs and their effectiveness. In this webinar series, the Urban Institute and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, with from funding the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, are sharing findings from recent evaluations and discussing new research on these programs to address the critical knowledge gap. We encourage practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and others supporting young people currently or formerly in foster care to join us.
Upcoming Webinars in the Series
- Results from the Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Evaluation, with presenters Devlin Hanson (Urban Institute) and Kate Thomas (Urban Institute) – Thursday, November 19, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT. Register Here.
- Results from a Formative Evaluation of Two Employment Programs for Young People Transitioning Out of Foster Care – Early 2021.
- Employment Programs for Young People Transitioning Out of Foster Care: Implications of Different Program Types – Early 2021.