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IFF Fellows

Youth with experience in foster care face extraordinary challenges in their path to adulthood. Nationwide, half of children in foster care finish high school and 5% graduate college. More than half need governmental assistance within five years of the child welfare system and 50% will have no steady income.

Many youth with foster care backgrounds will experience the college campus as their primary “home”, often the first consistent community of support they’ve had. University residences can be their only housing option and interrupted experiences in school and inconsistent caregiver relationships impact the preparation and support for their transition.

IFF is ensuring that these remarkable young people create the future they deserve.

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How do I become a Fellow?

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate students between the ages of 18-24, attending Rutgers full-time on the New Brunswick or Camden campuses
  • Current or former experiences in foster care or child welfare/child protection, or
  • Participation in the Kinship Legal Guardianship (KLG) Program, and/or
  • Homeless or unaccompanied youth (i.e. student would be homeless without option for campus residence, group home, etc.).

Application to Join our Fellows Community

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How can I support these programs?

TO MAKE A DONATION, please visit this website and select the “Transitions for Youth Program”.

Volunteers with specialized knowledge often facilitate Fellows workshops. If you have expertise in a particular area that may benefit student development, please contact us. Past workshops have included money management, health and wellness, career readiness and professional networking, and resume writing.

Learn more about the IFF Fellows Program.

Learn about programming on the Camden Campus.

View the 2022-2023 IFF Fellows Summary Report.

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IFF has convened a coalition of “Campus Champions” for youth transitioning from foster care to higher education, bringing together Rutgers faculty, staff, alumni, and services. These Champions are working to improve how the university supports access and opportunities for former foster youth.

Our Campus Champions are represented by the following Rutgers resources and units:

    • Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) represented by Michelle Shostack, Shornna Berkeley, Lissette Herrera, and Matthew West
    • TRIO Programs represented by Brandon Quiles
    • Student Affairs Rutgers-Camden represented by Mary Beth Daisey
    • Chancellor’s Office of DEI and Civic Engagement represented by Nyeema Watson
    • Office of Student Academic Success represented by Randi Mayers, Jonice Arthur, Marsha Lowery, Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little, and Erin Leuthold
    • Offices of Financial Aid represented by Wendy Karch, Lakeycha Vellon-Cortes, and Sarah Carrero
    • Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance represented by Rebecca Vasquez and Laura Luciano
    • Student Wellness Services represented by Dr. Daniel Lee, Angela Boyd, and Madrid Moore
    • Career Center represented by Miranda Spina
    • Learning Centers represented by Stacey Blackwell and Angela DeRocini
    • Dean of Students Offices represented by Kerri Willson, Sybil James and Amanda Holloway
    • Student Accounting, Billing and Cashier Services represented by Toby Rankins and Laura Grinzo
    • Department of Plant Biology represented by Mark Gregory Robson
    • SAS Office of Advising & Academic Services represented by Vanessa Ortiz
    • SOE Office of Student Access and Inclusion represented by Anna Mae S. Dinio-Bloch
    • Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction represented by Martha Haviland
    • Division of Enrollment Management represented by Courtney McAnuff and Lauren Olsen
    • Office of Student Conduct represented by Michelle Jefferson
    • Department of Residence Life represented by Michael Tolbert
    • Rutgers Engineering represented by Michael Brown
    • Student Affairs Compliance and Title IX represented by Molly Rynn and Allison Wisniewski
    • Rutgers Gardens represented by Lauren Errickson

Contact Us

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