Educational success is associated with almost every measure of a society’s health and well-being, which is why education is such an important building block for foster children.Unfortunately, youth in foster care are falling behind their parented peers concerning education:
To support education for our participants, Aunt Leah’s is working with community partners, and offers programs such as Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) that allows our support workers to be more involved in helping foster youth reach their educational goals.
The mission of the Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) program is supporting long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care, primarily between the ages of 16 to 24. The SEFFY model, adapted from Treehouse, emphasises highlighting strengths, identifying needs and advocating for resources that lead to academic success for youth.
There are two parts to the SEFFY model:
For more information, please contact the SEFFY Coordinator at 604-525-1204 ext. 256
The Supporting Education For Foster Youth (SEFFY) drop-in program supports youth and young adults with their education planning and goals. The evaluation assessed how much SEFFY has helped participants with their academic planning and goals, and canvassed participants’ suggestions for how the program could be improved.
The evaluation also captured the degree to which three recent policy changes have affected program participants, specifically
Another goal of the evaluation process was to support Aunt Leah’s in creating a plan and meaningful tools (e.g., participant survey) so that SEFFY evaluation activities can be internally sustained in the future, perhaps with external support to analyze evaluation data the program collects.
Aunt Leah’s Place (ALP) contracted McCreary Centre Society to carry out an independent evaluation of its Supporting Education for Foster Youth (SEFFY) program, from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
This program is generously supported by