Sac State Program Helps Foster Youth Make It Through College
Joy Salvetti Wolfe
A Sacramento State program that helps foster youth succeed in college is coming up on its one year anniversary. Officials are looking for grant funding to so they can help more students in more ways.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Most emancipated foster youth enter college with no adult to turn to when they need advice, or even just a little extra cash to get by. Joy Salvetti Wolfe, director of the Guardian Scholars program, says that can lead to worries, poor grades, even dropping out:
Everyone I inform them, “oh we have this program at Sac State.” Their reaction is typically, “you mean there’s something for these youth, there’s finally hope for a future?” And I say, “yes, yes.”
Two of the foster youth this year became homeless, and Salvetti Wolfe had to ask community donors for help. Now she’s applying for more than 300 thousand dollars in grant money, so she can help students, who are showing up with bigger problems than she ever thought possible.