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Frequently asked questions

What is First Star ASU Academy?

First Star ASU Academy is a four-year college preparatory program for youth in foster care providing programming in academics, life skills and caregiver engagement.


  • Grade specific instruction in Reading and Math
  • Mentors
  • Personalized academic success plan
  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • Tutoring

Life Skills

  • Career preparation
  • Financial literacy
  • Leadership
  • Mentors
  • Physical and psycho-social health
  • Self-Advocacy

Caregiver engagement

  • Mentors
  • Navigating the college track and application process
  • Resource for advocacy and youth placement


When will First Star ASU hold youth sessions?

First Star ASU holds monthly academies on the second Saturday of select months in addition to a 2-week residential experience.


What will youth be doing in the Saturday and summer sessions?

During First Star ASU sessions, students will participate in academic workshops with emphasis on English, Math, ACT/SAT Test Prep, community building and recreational activities, social skills workshops and dining together.


How are youth chosen to participate in First Star ASU?

Nominations from caregivers, social workers, schools, legal representatives and community agencies, self-nomination with adult input.


What are the requirements to participate in First Star ASU?

To participate in First Star ASU, students must currently be in foster care or a group home; able and willing to participate in monthly Saturday sessions and 2-week residential component in the summer; and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and a good attendance record in current and previous school year unless there is reason for excessive absences.


Who does First Star ASU partner with?

Caregivers, social workers, schools, attorneys/legal representatives and community agencies involved in youth advocacy.