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Program helps foster kids with their future

Lacey Bradshaw, 15, Muncy, plans on fulfilling her grandmother’s dream of “actually doing something with her life,” even though she knows she faces an uphill battle as a foster child. By age 21, just 5 percent of foster children have a vocational certificate or license and only 3 percent have a college degree, according to a 2015 report from the National Youth in Transition Database.

Bradshaw and 24 other foster care children are taking part in the Anchor Program at Bloomsburg University, which helps students learn independence and exposes them to college life, with the goal of helping them overcome those odds. Bradshaw has big plans for herself even though she’s only a sophomore in high school, “I have my whole future planned out. I either want to go here, to Bloomsburg University, or Stanford for college, and I want to go to law school after that and become a lawyer.”

Jerod Waller, 18, Berwick, graduated from high school this past year and is enrolled for the fall semester at Bloomsburg University. “Right now, the major I chose is art studio, but I plan on changing to undeclared so I can try out a couple of different things.” ̶ The Daily Item/Sunbury


Anchor Program

New program aims to help children in foster care system

You may consider some of their stories heartbreaking. But many of the children visiting Bloomsburg University Tuesday have a desire to beat the odds.

"I definitely want to go to college. I'm going to get my high school diploma," said Katelyn Fenner. Fenner has been in the foster care system since she was 15 years old. While the support she receives now from her foster mom is strong, Fenner admits college rarely seemed like an option growing up.

"At certain points, I wasn't even able to go to school because of the violence and abuse going on in the home," said Fenner. So many others share Fenner's story and that's why Bloomsburg University started a new initiative to help children aging out of the foster care system. The summer "Anchor Program" allows children 15 through 18 years old in foster care a chance to get a taste of college life. The students get to stay on campus and take academic workshops. ̶ WBRE-TV News/Scranton Wilkes-Barre


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