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There are so many ways to put a smile on someone’s face today. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day and you’ll be smiling too!
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! Watch 'Possible Selves' at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival until tomorrow, February 8th! Use code JUSTICE2022 to get $6 tix https://loom.ly/egIXkbg

Alex and Mia, two First Star alumni, are no different than their peers in high school. In order to reach their goals, they need a stable foundation: love, connection, and the support of a family. "Possible Selves" follows Alex and Mia through their tumultuous high school years and as they work towards their goal: graduating from college.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival begins TODAY! Watch "Possible Selves," featuring two First Star alumni. 'Possible Selves' is the first major documentary to focus on the lived experience of foster kids themselves rather than on the foster care system.

The film intimately shares Alex and Mia’s journeys as they strive to attain a goal that only 3% of adults who grow up in foster care reach: graduating from college.

Get $6 tickets with code JUSTICE2022 at: https://loom.ly/j6LbT-Q
Watch ‘Possible Selves’, featuring First Star alumni, premiering on Wed, Feb 2nd at the Human Rights Watch film festival! Get $6 tix now with code JUSTICE2022 at: https://www.hrwfilmfestivalstream.org/
Watch anytime between Feb 2-8!

Alex and Mia, two alumni from our First Star BGSA program, are no different than their peers in high school. In order to reach their goals, they need a stable foundation: love, connection, and the support of a family. ‘Possible Selves’ follows them through their tumultuous high school years as they work towards their goal: graduating from college.
First Star Alumni featured in 'Possible Selves', a new documentary premiering next week, Feb 2-8, at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival! Get $6 tickets now with code JUSTICE2022: https://loom.ly/egIXkbg

The experiences and voices of foster youth are often missing from the national conversation - as gaining the ability to speak out in the press requires youth to get permission from a judge. The World Premiere of “Possible Selves” breaks new ground - and brings you into the lives of two First Star alumni striving to reach their goals.
We remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on our nation. Many years later, his words still ring true, as we are reminded of the importance of serving others, loving our neighbors, and continuing the pursuit of justice and equality for all. 🌟
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year! 🌟
2021 is coming to a close, but it's not too late to make a difference in the lives of our scholars! Your year-end gift can ensure we give them the world as we embark on 2022. www.firststar.org/donate

We are FIRST STAR! 🌟

Wishing you all a holiday season filled with peace and joy! 🌟
First Star's CEO Lyndsey C. Wilson was featured on the Fox 11 Los Angeles show In Depth with Hal Eisner Journalist this past weekend! The show focused on 'Heroes in Foster Care' and highlighted the important work that First Star is doing to make sure that youth in care succeed in high school and thrive as they transition into adulthood. The segment also featured First Star Ambassador Devin Alexander's personal story of adoption through the foster care system and how that inspired her to work with us. Way to go team!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrufGYf2Zpo&t=850s

Sneak Peak! Our very own shared the passion and commitment of First Star with for a story dedicated to foster youth-serving orgs in LA. Catch it THIS SUNDAY, Dec 19th on Channel 13 in LA! More details soon in our Link in Bio! We are FIRST STAR! 🌟

First Star improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universitie There are over 400,000 foster youth in the United States.

Once removed from their parents’ care because of abuse or neglect, our society assumes legal responsibility to ensure that all foster youth have the supports needed to successfully transition to adulthood. Unfortunately, these youth experience an average of 8 home and school changes while in foster care. Only half graduate high school and less than three percent earn a college degree. Nationally,

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09/13/2022

"A Place Called Home," the memoir by David Ambroz, is a personal account of the struggles he endured homeless during his early life before entering foster care, and his against-all-odds successes after making it out. Available for order now: https://bit.ly/3BOCcbV

09/07/2022

Fostering Parenthood is LIVE!! 🎙🎧
We are so excited for you to listen to all 6 episodes and experience the enlightening conversations that Dorothy has with each one of our special guests (caregivers AND former foster youth!) http://rhep.info/fosteringparenthood

Make sure to:
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08/11/2022

First Star CEO Lyndsey Collins Wilson joined Chequita S. Brown (former assistant director of the First Star ISU Academy) and Dahlia Roman (Associate Director, IDCFS CPTA) for a moderated panel discussion hosted by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois.

Watch the Panel Discussion Here: https://youtu.be/bhJEMZNOcAI

07/28/2022

Watch the latest First Star National STEAM Academy Tech Talk on YouTube ( Star Academies)!

Dr. Jaye Gardiner is currently a postdoctoral fellow researching pancreatic cancer at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Outside of the lab she is also an illustrator making comics about . Growing up she loved watching cartoons and anime and became self taught in telling comic stories. She co-founded JKX Comics, a PhD student initiative to increase scientific literacy, exposure, and access through comics to make communicating science fun. She hopes to show how collaborative STEM is and show that scientists are humans and that there is no one way a scientist looks.

07/22/2022

Dr. Jaye Gardiner is currently a post doctoral fellow researching pancreatic cancer at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Outside of the lab she is also an illustrator making comics about . Growing up she loved watching cartoons and anime and became self taught in telling comic stories. She co-founded JKX Comics, a PhD student initiative to increase scientific literacy, exposure, and access through comics to make communicating science fun. She hopes to show how collaborative STEM is and show that scientists are humans and that there is no one way a scientist looks.

Watch our STEAM Tech Talk with Jaye Gardiner, PhD on July 23rd 9 AM PST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVsg3qjFwiY

07/19/2022

On May 21st, The First Star Scholar Advisory Committee hosted the I Dream A World advocacy forum led by Danielle Green-Welch, our Director at the First Star Kent State University Academy. The forum presented an opportunity for our scholars to speak up and raise their voices on the issues of Foster Care Awareness, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, Racial Justice & Equality, and LGBTQ Awareness.

First Star Kent State Academy

07/13/2022

First Star CEO Lydnsey Wilson will be joining Chequita S. Brown (a former assistant director of the First Star ISU Academy) for a moderated panel discussion hosted by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership(OCCRL) at the University of Illinois, highlighting the benefits of pre-college programing for youth in care and how we can strengthen pathways to and through postsecondary education.

Register here: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvc-qhrzgjGNxUj0TLFF9NkAtQDPkpDy9c

06/29/2022

🌟 First Star ASU

Photos from First Star's post 06/21/2022

Congratulations to the Graduating class of 2022! Thank you to our directors that supported their scholars throughout their experience in our academies!

The annual First Star Alumni Awards Show will be hosted online this Saturday, June 25th! First Star Alumni please RSVP TODAY so we can celebrate your achievements with the rest of First Star. If you are not a First Star alumni member, RSVP here: https://firststar1999.typeform.com/AlumniAwards22?typeform-source=linktr.ee

*All Alumni who log onto the event, including non-graduating alumni will be mailed a gift box with a $20 gift card!

First Star Alumni Community

06/14/2022

With summer residential sessions just around the corner, First Star peer mentors (student staff) are getting ready. The Salt Lake City, University of Utah First Star Academy peer mentors are organizing special events, like the summer academy closing ceremony and the talent show, and honing their skills by playing Policies and Procedures Jeopardy!

Photos from First Star's post 06/09/2022

This past weekend, the First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy (First Star BGSA) held a graduation ceremony for its 16 seniors. Their amazing accomplishments were acknowledged by UCLA Vice Chancellor Monroe Gorden, First Star President Peter Samuelson, BGSA Director Karina Garcia and Joe Bruin himself. In addition to the First Star national team’s presence, actress Shay Mitchell again donated pieces from her Beis luggage line, our scholars were ecstatic! Our seniors noted how they will use them for college and traveling abroad once they have the chance!

05/31/2022

Do you have lived experience in the foster care system? Are you a caregiver? Or work in child welfare? If so, consider sharing your experiences through The Voice of the Foster Care Community survey, an annual survey conducted by our partner, IFOSTER. Your voice will help drive real change. Survey link is: https://www.voiceoffostercare.org/take-year2-survey/

The goal of the survey is to offer practical suggestions to elected officials, agencies and the public to improve the child welfare system.

READ the 2021 Voice of the Foster Care Community report and visit www.voiceoffostercare.org

TELL your elected officials to read the report and your comments - every one of them is posted on the website (www.voiceoffostercare.org), searchable by state. TAKE ACTION

05/27/2022

Join us on YouTube Live for our June 2022 Tech Talk featuring Ramon Pitter, Mika Ohiorhenuan, and Warren Rickards, co-founders of Flowtrack Fund!

Warren Rickards
Warren is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Flowtrack. He is responsible for all branding, marketing, and sales as well as human resources. Warren has a 7-year career in enterprise sales and building sales organizations within the Web 2.0 ecosystem. He has led sales efforts, exceeding targets at both Facebook and Cloudflare. He is also a cofounder of startup Soul Career, which is a professional development and coaching company. Warren received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan.

Mika Ohiorhenuan
Mika is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Flowtrack and is responsible for all operations and administration as well as trading cost management. Mika has an 18‑year career spanning operations, corporate and investment banking as well as prop trading. He is a seasoned operations executive who has led teams, scaled startups and tackled complex initiatives in operations, logistics and technology. Mika received his MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Ramon Pitter
Ramon is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Flowtrack. Ramon has an 18-year career in asset management, investment banking, M&A and business development. He has led M&A initiatives across major international financial services & logistics companies. He has been trading digital assets since 2017 and has been running Flowtrack’s portfolio since 2020. Ramon received his MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

05/26/2022

After two years of on and off remote programming, our in-person academies are coming back in force this summer! Thank you for learning more about child welfare and those working to enhance educational opportunities for youth in care this Foster Care Awareness month!

Photos from First Star's post 05/24/2022

"Everything was on track before the pandemic." Sarah, who was once in foster care stated in an interview with The Imprint. The pandemic disrupted her education, just as it did for nearly two-thirds of current and former foster youth surveyed by The Field Center. COVID-19 impacted the educational progress and growth of students everywhere.

To honor Foster Care Awareness Month, donate by texting FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

05/20/2022

Join the 'I Dream a World' Advocacy forum on Saturday, May 21st, 2022!

Join the forum with this link: https://lnkd.in/gPwzBvfq

05/19/2022

Thank you to those who have donated! Your contributions support First Star students and alumni like Randy. Randy is an alum from our very first cohort ever--class of 2015 at UCLA! He is an active member of the First Star Alumni Program and in his post-secondary path he became a member of the US Army. Randy won a laptop during First Star's tech raffle at our 2021 Alumni Holiday Reunion.

There's still time to support scholars and alumni like Randy with critical needs like technology! Text FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

Shout-out to (Foster Youth Education Fund) who support First Star scholars with laptops, which are so necessary for educational success. Thank you!

05/18/2022

Your small investment today catalyzes a bright future. Invest in the education of youth in foster care. Text FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

05/18/2022

Getting a college degree more than doubles lifetime earnings. Investing in First Star means more than the current 3% of youth in foster care will have this chance. Donate by texting FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

05/18/2022

Donate by texting FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

05/18/2022

Invest in healing, community and education for child abuse survivors. Investing in our children saves lives, creates vibrant futures and improves the economy. Text FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

05/17/2022

Foster Care Awareness Month

Less than 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school. Less than 10% enroll in college. Less than 3% graduate college. Donate today to change the statistics. Text FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.

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On May 21st, The First Star Scholar Advisory Committee hosted the  I Dream A World advocacy forum led by Danielle Green-...
Getting a college degree more than doubles lifetime earnings. Investing in First Star means more than the current 3% of ...
Donate by texting FOSTERCAREAWARE to 44-321.
Foster Care Awareness Month
Foster Care Awareness Month
Watch ‘Possible Selves’, featuring First Star alumni, premiering on Wed, Feb 2nd at the Human Rights Watch film festival...
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!  🌟
Sneak Peak! Our very own @elleceela shared the passion and commitment of First Star with @foxla for a story dedicated to...
Are you ready? Our First Star Alumni Holiday Reunion is TOMORROW! We look forward to all the meaningful moments we'll sh...
Join us THIS SATURDAY for the Alumni Holiday Reunion!  Alumni could win a FREE LAPTOP during our raffle giveaway while m...
First Star Speaks with Tidewater Friends of Foster Care!

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