I just found this great new site to help college students handle the challenge of money while they are in school. This has been in my experience the number one source of stress for students that I work with. Students are always wondering when their loans will be in, if they get extra grant money this quarter, i f they have enough for books, or how they will pay the rent. This site has some nice tips about how to stay on a budget, say no to unnecessary purchases and reduce that money stress so you can focus on your school work.
September 3, 2013
August 26, 2013
I recently came across a study conducted by Child Trends that had some nice findings on the role and significance of mentors in the lives of young people. The summary of the study is below:
"Child Trends conducted a synthesis of experimental evaluations of 19 mentoring programs for children and youth, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, to determine how frequently these programs work to improve such outcomes as education, mental health, peer and parent relationships, and behavior problems, and what lessons can be learned to improve outcomes. Mentoring “is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee”. While parents fill this role for most children, some children find themselves without such a relationship. In fact, it is estimated that 20 percent of youth do not have caring adults in their lives—representing 8.5 million youth. Even children who have a positive caring relationship with an adult can benefit from additional positive relationships."
Elsewhere it stated: "Research finds that positive relationships are important for children and youth. Based on the findings of this synthesis, a variety of approaches that incorporate mentoring can be effective."
Check out this video from Josh Shipp, a former foster youth that talks about the role of mentors in his life and the young people he works with.
June 20, 2013
Here is an article I came across that details the important role of saving for college. I realize that many of those who are in care may not come into college with a lot of money, but the article still made me think about how it is so important to plan ahead when it comes to your school costs. It is vital to save the grant money you do get. You want to make sure you have enough money for you tuition, tools, books and other costs for school. But, the best plan is to save as much as you can while you are in school so you can use the Passport scholarship, Governor's scholarship, ETV, Worker Retraining or other funding you get for living. The money can go a long way, but you don't want to go wild on your living expenses. Get a cheap phone, take the bus, find a room mate to share your housing costs with. All of the cost cutting steps you make for the quarter will add up and you should be able to avoid taking out a student loan. Remember to see me if you have needs with a bus pass, food, school supplies, or access to common books. Let me know if you want help planning out a budget.
June 7, 2013
Here is an article printed recently that profiles a local high school student that grew up in and out of care. I realize her story is similar to yours in many ways. I found her story encouraging in that she was able to overcome long odds and difficult situations to graduate high school and make plans for college. I realize that you have done the same thing. You have overcome so much, you have beaten the odds. Now, do something remarkable, graduate college. I am proud of you.