Foster Education Project identifies individual local foster youth who could benefit from having a special educational advocate. Each member is then paired with a single child, and files paperwork with the court to become their legal education rights holder. Our main activities include advocating for the youth at their school and in IEP meetings, and ensuring that they are receiving adequate services.
Members of the Foster Education Project can expect to learn about education and disability law, and work with established attorneys in the field that will serve as mentors. Additionally, members will practice a direct service approach to the law, utilizing communication, negotiation, and advocacy skills to make a real difference in a young child’s life.
Time Commitment: We require a one-year commitment to provide some stability in our youth’s lives. The estimated time commitment per semester is approximately 30-40 hours. A significant portion of this is initial trainings. Time per week is variable based on when your particular youth requires activity, although there is flexibility and support for students who need it. Our members regularly participate in Foster Education Project and another SLP or a journal, and they find the commitment to be very manageable.
For more information, please contact the students leaders at FosterEdProject@gmail.com.