The need to have a quality education to compete in our society is more important than ever. Many of us deliver this message to our children from the time they are very young. This may not be the case for your foster youth. He or she may have never heard the words “When you go to college…” or “You can be whatever you want to be.” Instead, they may have had negative messages delivered to them such as “You’ll never amount to anything” or “You’re going to end up in prison just like your father.”
It is up to us to help them see the possibilities before them. Read this fact sheet on Higher Education to learn more about the opportunities foster youth in Hawai‘i have for higher education scholarships and grant opportunities available and how to help your foster youth realize their potential.