What do Foster Kids want from their education experience? The same thing we all long for - in education, work, home and play. They want Meaningful relationships which help encourage them to reach their fullest potential.
Because of his size, Aaron Rodgers was not offered a football scholarship to any college following high school graduation. But he continued to believe in himself and was 'discovered' by California after one year of junior college success. Most foster kids understand the feeling of being overlooked - regardless of their potential academically.
The Academic Fitness Network (AFN) offers foster kids the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships which will see them through high school and beyond. Preliminary trials of our online network shows that even on the internet these students can create the kind of relationships they need to achieve their academic potential.
Start 2 Achieve is now in the final stages of committing to the delivery system which will open AFN doors that foster kids can take advantage of for years to come - even as they enter their chosen careers. One of the barriers we seek to overcome will be the availability of 'netbooks' or 'smart pads' for every student as the key to keeping the doors open. Most of the foster kids carry their 'possessions' around in a box or duffel bag as they are shuffled from agency to agency and home to home. These compact 'computers' will be easier for them to connect and keep with them as they follow their placements and still be a part of their AFN Team.
Even though we are based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, AFN will soon be able to reach students wherever they are and train workers/volunteers in the same locales. By June we should have our first online virtual group and will accept applicants from around the country. As former foster parents we know what this support migh also mean for the other foster parents and plan to expand the network to include them in their own AFN sub groups.
Thank you for your continued support and interest.