First Star ASU Academy

First Star ASU Academy

Empowering students to invest in their future

The First Star – Arizona State University Academy is a free, comprehensive four-year college access program that aims to provide foster youth the academic support, enrichment and resources needed to enroll and succeed in college.

The program engages a cohort of 30 high school students in a variety of fun and active learning opportunities that includes:

  • a 4-week residential summer experience
  • academic courses for college credit
  • independent studies, social and cultural activities
  • field trips
  • service learning
  • recreational activities
  • individual support during the academic year through monthly Saturday Academies
  • education advocacy
  • caregiver workshops

Recommend a First Star student

  1. Review student eligibility requirements, and submit First Star application (PDF)
  2. Review of applications and interviews of qualified students.
  3. Review First Star ASU Academy FAQs
  4. What is First Star ASU Academy?
    • Four year college preparatory program for youth in foster care providing programming in academics, life skills and caregiver engagement


    • SAT/ACT Prep
    • Grade specific instruction in Reading, Math and STEM integration
    • T utoring
    • Personalized academic success plan
    • Mentors

    Life Skills

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

    Caregiver engagement

    • Resource for advocacy and youth placement
    • Navigating the college track and application process
    • Mentors
    When will First Star ASU hold youth sessions?
    • Monthly Saturday academies the 2nd week of the month (specific months to be determined)
    • 4-week summer residential experience in July (dates to be determined)
    What will youth be doing in the Saturday and summer sessions?
    • Community building activities
    • Academic workshops (English, Math and Integrated STEM activities)
    • Social skills workshops
    • Eating a meal together
    • Recreation
    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?
    • Currently in foster care or group home
    • Able and willing to participate in monthly Saturday sessions and 4-week residential component in the summer
    • 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

Arizona State University collaborated with First Star in May 2017 to expand the university’s commitment to providing access to higher education for all Arizona high school students. Our outreach program seeks to broaden our community and empower students to invest in their future and attain a university degree.

Our focus is to provide training and long-term support for Arizona’s foster youth throughout high school while preparing them for a successful transition to higher education. The First Star - Arizona State University Academy provides intensive programming to ensure students have the necessary skills to complete high school, enroll and ultimately graduate college.

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