PrepNOW!

Youth exiting foster care face many barriers to long term economic well-being. Chief among these is that so few continue their education beyond high school. The Fedcap Group is tackling that barrier.
PrepNOW!™ is Fedcap’s web-based curriculum and interactive learning tool enhances the capacity and motivation of caregivers to prepare youth in their care to enter college and graduate. Studies show that 70% of young people in foster care say that they want to go to college, but only 10% get into college. By helping foster caregivers create a College-going Culture, we are giving young people an opportunity to greatly improve their ability to succeed.

PrepNOW!™ is the only formal curriculum in the country specifically designed to help foster parents prepare youth in their care to get into college and graduate. We see that the building of college pathways is a natural extension of caregivers’ responsibilities for safety, permanency and well-being. Foster parents are deeply committed to youth in their care but often lack the requisite skills and knowledge to create a college-going culture within the home, or to navigate college entry and financial aid processes.

PrepNOW! helps foster parents by working through course content in the following areas: Values; Motivation; Skills and Knowledge and That All Important First Year. The modules are presented in small groups and in individual settings. It also includes videos representing the voice of youth in care, interactive sessions that help foster parents assess their values about higher education, exercises and links to an array of helpful tools.

Through PrepNOW!™ foster parents gain the confidence and knowledge to mentor the children in their care on how to gain admission and succeed in college.

For detailed information on PrepNOW!™  contact Don Harreld at Harreld@fedcap.org.