(Ohio) – For 2020 Kent State University is vowing to help children in the foster care system in northeast Ohio.
The university recently announced a commitment to ensure children in northeast Ohio realize they can succeed once they age out of the foster care system, which is usually at age 18 or 21. The university is welcoming eighth-graders who have been placed into foster care due to the opioid crisis access to First Star – Kent State Academy.
Reports indicate that the academy will provide additional support and tutoring for those children so that they will be ready to attend college, enter the military, or find a job after they graduate from high school. The academy will be offered to children in nin northeast Ohio counties – Portage, Summit, Cuyahoga, Stark, Ashtabula, Tuscarawas, Geauga, Columbiana, and Mahoning.
Kent State noted plans to accept between 20 and 30 children into the program with support throughout the rest of high school depending on how many apply. University officials noted that statistics indicate fewer than 3% of children who age out of foster care go on to attend college.
Interested children can apply through their county Job and Family Services program or the equivalent in their county. The first sessions are expected to begin in April.