South Carolina State University's Social Work Program, in partnership with The nsoro Foundation, will host the foundation’s free College Bound summer camp for foster care or emancipated youth from June 17-22 on the campus.
Studies have shown that foster care youth are at high risk of incarceration, homelessness and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and receive on average 12 placements during just four years of high school.
The nsoro Foundation’s College Bound program is designed to equip youth in foster care with essential academic and social skills that will help rewrite their future. As educational partners, the Social Work Program and the foundation’s objective is to inspire participants to earn a college degree and achieve all of their educational and financial goals. College Bound seeks to afford participants the opportunity to discover and develop their self-worth, talents and abilities.
Activities for the week-long camp will give participants exciting, hands-on experiences in various fields, including science, business and engineering. Participating in these creative opportunities within a collegiate environment is a way for the youth to “experience a vision beyond circumstance, a reason to dream and the educational road map to break the cycles of abuse, poverty and incarceration,” according to the foundation’s website.
S.C. State is the first university in South Carolina to partner with The nsoro Foundation. Since 2005, the foundation has awarded more than 700 scholarships for postsecondary education, and the foundation currently serves 340 scholars at 229 universities.
S.C. State will join several universities that are currently in the College Bound partnership, such as Albany State University, Temple University, the University of Georgia, Savannah State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University and the University of Alabama.
To be eligible for College Bound, a student must:
- Be in foster care, a ward of the state or emancipated
- Be entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2018
- Have a strong desire and/or plans to go to a college or a university
For more information, contact the Social Work Program at 803-533-3609 or Kenisha Thomas at 803-533-3968, 404-319-9568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.