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Give Them Hope: Send 25 Youth in Foster Care to UCF This Summer

as told by: First Star Central Florida Academy

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Give Them Hope: Send 25 Youth in Foster Care to UCF This Summer

as told by: First Star Central Florida Academy

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This goal enables 25 children in foster care to attend the 4 week First Star Central Florida Summer Academy at UCF this June. This program gives these youth the real life tools they need to attend college and empowers them to get there. 100% of this funding goes directly to the cause.

IMPACT GOAL #1

Send the Kids on 8 Discovery Field Trips

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IMPACT GOAL #2

Provide Meals to the Kids for the Entire Program

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This just got personal. Meet some of the people who will directly benefit from the proceeds of the campaign.

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First Star Students Get Immersed in Science

First Star Students Get Immersed in Science

During the 4 week First Star Summer Academy, our youth in foster care go on adventurous field trips where they learn about science! It looks like Einstein taught them a thing or two.

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First Star Students Take on the High Ropes Course

First Star Students Take on the High Ropes Course

During our 4 week First Star Summer Academy, our students challenge their fears and go on an adventure through a high ropes course. While it can seem scary, when they step out of their comfort zones, they begin to grow.

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First Star Students Learn to Cook

First Star Students Learn to Cook

During our 4 week First Star Summer Academy, our students are welcomed into a kitchen with professional chefs. Cooking seems like a normal skill to most, but to these youth it is very new and VERY cool.

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First Star Students Give Back

First Star Students Give Back

During the 4 week First Star Summer Academy, our students learn the importance of giving back by doing. They had a blast helping feed children everywhere!

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Kendra Castleberry

Lead Counselor, First Star Central Florida Academy

Kendra Castleberry

Lead Counselor, First Star Central Florida Academy

The connections that you build with the students are priceless. I support First Star Central Florida Academy because this program builds community, develops students academically and personally which I believe is the key to success. Placing these students on a college campus helps them to see where they want to be and work harder to achieve it."

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Prita Chhabra

First Star Program Coordinator, Community Based Care of Central Florida

Prita Chhabra

First Star Program Coordinator, Community Based Care of Central Florida

"I believe that a life well lived is one where we can use our talents to serve those who need them. I am grateful that through First Star, I am able to serve my students; helping them to recognize and bring out the talents that they themselves possess."

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Gerry Glynn

First Star Advocate, Community Based Care of Central Florida

Gerry Glynn

First Star Advocate, Community Based Care of Central Florida

“Children in foster care are victims of abuse or neglect. We, the people of state, have become their parents. We need to give them the same chance for academic success we would give our biological children.”

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Pamela "Sissy" Carroll

Dean, College of Education and Human Performance

Pamela "Sissy" Carroll

Dean, College of Education and Human Performance

"When youth in foster care join First Star, they get to be a part of something! That is pretty cool and it's powerful."

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Deshawn Sims

Director, First Star Central Florida Academy

Deshawn Sims

Director, First Star Central Florida Academy

"The cycle of hope that is created within the program's village of participants is limitless. The relationships, experiences, and various skills that are cultivated within the program empower youth to prevent past hurts and current circumstances from determining their future. Hope is fortified by each door that education opens."

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