AFFCF Blog

KTS: Emily – Foster Parents Article

As a participant in our Keys to Success (KTS) program, Emily is one of many youths that your foster care tax credit donations helps. Emily has overcome a lot of hardships in her short life. She was removed from her biological mother due to neglect and currently lives with a relative.  Despite all the many obstacles in her way, Emily is in 11th grade, making all As and Bs. With a little help from AFFCF she’s dually enrolled in high…

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Scholar Spotlight: Denise – Foster Parents Article

AFFCF is currently funding 73 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide.  Today, we are pleased to introduce you to Denise, who has some very specific goals for her future. Throughout my turbulent early life, school was my sanctuary. I was always involved in school activities such as student council, where I served in leadership roles and a mentor program. I loved helping people and gaining knowledge from my experiences with others.…

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Keys to Success: Jason – Foster Parents Article

Jason in enrolled in the Keys to Success program just months ago in February. He’s 19 and currently a senior in high school in Prescott. From our very first meeting, we learned his catch phrase, “oh cool!” Since entering the Keys program, Jason has been fully engaged. Already living in his own apartment, Jason holds a job to support himself while attending high school. He was relieved to learn about the education/career and employment pathway that the Keys program offers…

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Keys to Success: Starmonica – Foster Parents Article

When we first met Starmonica last May, she knew she had not made the best decisions for her life. She realized she needed to make some changes to prepare for her future outside of foster care. Enrolling in Keys to Success changed her story. As time passed, she became more driven and determined to provide a better life for herself. She had a list of goals to achieve when she turned 18 and she set out to achieve them. Mapping…

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Keys to Success: Cameron – Foster Parents Article

When we first met Cameron in February 2019, he was already a dedicated student. He was attending both high school and the East Valley Institute of Technology’s (EVIT) 3D animation program. Having been in foster care since he was 13 years old, he was nervous and uncertain about his next steps after graduating high school without any support in place. How could he ever get into college? Where would he live after turning 18? How would he support himself? Looking…

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Keys to Success: Mariah – Foster Parents Article

Meet Mariah, another youth participating in our Keys to Success program. She’s been in the program since September 2018. In her short life, Mariah has constantly been in transition, attending several different schools. She’s stared down unbelievably hard situations and changed their outcomes to benefit her. The Picture of Confidence and Growth Despite facing so many obstacles, Mariah has always been motivated and knew exactly what she wanted for her life. She may have been insecure and timid before entering…

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Scholar Spotlight: Cheyenne – Foster Parents Article

AFFCF is currently funding 73 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. This month, we’re pleased to introduce Cheyenne, who tells her story in her own words. Growing up in the foster system, I always felt like I had to hide this part of me. I wondered how someone would react or if they would treat me differently if they knew this about me. Being embarrassed about my own identity because of others’…

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Scholar Spotlight: Rico – Foster Parents Article

With a new semester under way, AFFCF is currently funding 73 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. This month, we’re pleased to introduce Rico, a newly awarded scholar for the Spring 2020 semester, who tells his story in his own words. As a foster youth with no stable place, I have found purpose, meaning and fulfillment through education. It is because of this that I wish to inspire the very same thing…

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Keys to Success: Rachel – Foster Parents Article

Getting to the top of the mountain is great, but smaller victories end up being the most powerful moments. Especially when they involve overcoming the challenges faced by youth aging out of foster care. Statistics show their stories look pretty bleak: 2 in 3 in Arizona won’t graduate high school or get a GED40% have been homeless60% have been convicted of a crimeLess than 3% will earn a college degree*Those numbers appear are a high mountain to climb. The Arizona…

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Keys to Success: Mo’s Journey – Foster Parents Article

Mo’s foster care story began in 2017 when he entered foster care at age 16. Like a lot of other kids in high school, he knew he wanted to attend college. Going into foster care threw him a curve ball he didn’t see coming.  Mo thought that people didn’t expect kids in foster care to succeed. From his point of view, everyone was waiting for him to fail.  “What are you doing?” “Don’t you know you’re going to fail?” These…

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