Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Meets with Several Foster Youth Students

Fostering Youth Alliance is a program that provides financial, personal and academic support to Foster Youth’s in college
February 5, 2019

On Tuesday, January 29 Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan met with representatives of the Fostering Youth Alliance.

“As a youth life throws you challenges. For many foster youths, our challenges are doubled” states Melanie Thompson, social work student at Hunter College and FYSA student. Thompson, who is 23, got into the foster care system at the age of 13. The fact is when you age out of the foster care system, access to educational and workforce opportunities become increasingly difficult to attain. Thankfully, there are programs like Fostering Youth Alliance that bridge the gap to success for many foster youths in college.

Thompson, along with a couple of FYSA representative came down to Albany on January 29th, 2019 to meet with legislators to shed light on this pertinent issue and seek Legislative support.  There are currently 16,000 foster youth in New York alone and only about 20 percent of them ever enroll in college.

FYSA has and continues to impact the lives of so many students like Thompson and are breaking down the barriers to self-sufficiency and success for many foster youths.  They are calling all the legislators to advocate and provide continued support to these individuals who are often forgotten.  Every student no matter what their background deserves equal access to education because as a wise man once said: “the foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”

“I would like to thank the students for visiting my legislative office in Albany” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.  “As the budget negotiations begin, it is imperative that we continue to advocate for programs like the Fostering Youth Alliance that work to keep foster students in college.”