The Seita Scholars Program, invites the public to join us on May 20th, 2017 for our second annual awareness 5k walk/run on Western Michigan University's campus! This walk is an effort to spread awareness about foster care and fundraise for the Seita Scholars Program. We will be passing out information about foster care and the Seita Scholars Program at the event with the hope that you will learn something new and pass on what you have learned to others!
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. National Foster Care month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus their attention on the needs of youth in foster care. According to research by the Casey Family Programs, only around two to four percent of youth from the foster care system will earn a college degree as of 2010. The Seita Scholars Program is part of a larger initiative to change the college-going paradigm of youth in the foster care system.
The goals of the Seita Scholars Program, are to:
- Create transitions that lead to success in college and career for Western Michigan University students from foster care ages 18 to 25 years old.
- Develop a community of scholars among WMU students who have aged out of foster care, and create a safe community to deconstruct and reconstruct identity.
- Educate WMU students from foster care and their support network to enhance their professional skill set.
- Transform WMU students from foster care by integrating experiences from students’ past to build opportunities for their future.
Participants are asked to register online prior to April 30th, 2017. Registration begins at 9am and the walk will begin at 9:30AM at WMU's Kanley track, located across from the recreation center on campus. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt and food. Once registered, a pledge form will be emailed to participants to seek donors to sponsor their lap(s) and fundraise for the Seita Scholars Program. If you are an agency looking to bring awareness to your services and/or programs, you can purchase a ticket for $50 and a table will be provided for you to set up your information.
Please join us in spreading awareness and showing support for youth who experienced foster care on our campus and in the state.