Educational mentoring program for NJ foster children

Educational mentoring program for NJ foster children

What problem does it solve? The main issue that this intervention will solve are feelings of isolation. The feeling of isolation can lead to numerous detriments of health including but not limited to drug addiction, crime involvement, poor educational outcomes, increased risk of emotional, physical and mental health issues, difficulty obtaining and maintaining employment, housing instability and decreased social supports. Each factor can perpetuate the other factors creating a vicious cycle of negative outcomes for the s What is your solution and who does it apply to? My solution is to set up a mentoring program between the Department of Children and Families, (DCF) and the state colleges that enroll children who are in the foster care setting. This can be done with the student agreeing to terms of accepting state funding to pay for his or her college tuition. The mentor can be a volunteer who is assigned to the student, much like a Court Appointed Special Advocate, (CASA) worker or Big Brother/Big Sister is. The mentor should be a college graduate and one who is willing to sign on to work with the student for the term of the degree, ex. 2 years or 4 years. The mentor can assist the student with the application process to schools, assisting with teaching the student how to choose which school would best fit his or her needs based upon desired degree, location, school rankings, program ranking, class sizes, etc., helping the student to move into and out of the dorms/college residence, creating plans on where the student can go on holiday and summ What is the anticipated impact? The overall impact this idea will have on the client and stakeholders is astounding! Obtaining, maintaining and sustaining educational outcomes decreases the negative impact of the social determinant of health. It will raise the equability of education. This idea will create a spillover affect that benefits society as whole. The improvement of education for a child in the states welfare program can reduce the engagement of the next generation of children in the state’s child welfare program. Higher education is linked with a decrease in infant mortality. Research studies directly link the impact of education on reduction in crime rates and drug use. It improves housing stability, health outcomes, acceptance of diversity and civic involvement. These outcomes are not just exclusive to the individual who obtains an educational degree but impacts society as whole. Higher education is directly linked to improving services, production of goods, technological advances, job productivi


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