Educate Tomorrow Provides a Timely Lifeline for Former Foster Kids
Education and Opportunity Come from Making the Right Connections
“We like to say talent is equally distributed among a nation’s children, but
Having grown up a foster kid herself, Emmons began researching the system and discovered a Florida voucher system that provides free tuition at state colleges and universities for homeless or fostered youth. Incredibly, she also found that the program was so under-implemented only eight students were enrolled in it statewide!
Where There is Opportunity, There is Hope
Certain there was a way to help
Teaching Self Reliance to Those With No One to Rely On
“Most people didn’t think I was gonna make it this far. At 16, even I didn’t see making it to 18. When I tried to picture my life in two years, for some reason it was a total blank. I could see nothing I had to offer the world.” Fortunately, through her relationship with her mentor at Educate Tomorrow,
Through the financial and emotional support of the program, Kendrika went on to proudly earn her high school diploma. While she wishes her parents were beside her that day to share her joy, she says Educate Tomorrow helped her accept that for
Helping Opportunity Spread Across the Nation
Educate Tomorrow has received multiple academic and government awards recognizing the success of its multi-disciplinary approach. To provide a full continuum of care to students, it has established a network of alliances between community organizations, local colleges and universities, government grant programs and private donors.
Charity Services Centers (CSC) is one of Educate Tomorrow’s most dedicated partners, providing direct financial support, grant writing guidance, and connections to non-profits and schools. CEO and Founder of CSC, Bill Burdette, says one grim statistic convinced him of the urgent need to expand the program nationally. “70% of federal inmates grew up in foster homes. We have to turn off this pipeline that seems to deliver kids straight into the prison system. Educate Tomorrow has found a way.” CSC immediately made connections between the non-profit’s leadership and universities in California and Texas, both states that offer free tuition vouchers similar to Florida, making them ideal locations to replicate the program.
When educators expressed an interest in bringing Educate Tomorrow to Colorado—a state that doesn’t offer free tuition—CSC found a private foundation willing to cover the costs. Today, Educate Tomorrow has branches in Colorado, Texas, and California, and is looking to continue expanding to other states across the country.