Fostering Success Coach Model

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Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Fostering Success Coach Model has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Transitional age youth (ages 16-25) who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or who identify as independent

For children/adolescents ages: 16 – 25

Brief Description

The model focuses on providing holistic support for these youth and young adults while they pursue and/or enroll in postsecondary education settings. The Fostering Success Coach Model of practice takes into account the unique challenges of living through adversity and the foster care system. The Fostering Success Coaching Model’s skills are designed to enhance a child welfare or higher education professional’s ability to partner with youth assessing strengths and challenges in targeted seven life domains–education, employment, housing, health, relationships, identity and life skills--by prioritizing level of need and intervening by teaching life skills that strengthen youths’ healthy habits as they transition to the emerging adult years. The model’s seven core elements are cultural humilty, interdpendent relationships, learner-centered approach, teaching in real time, skill-based asset development, network development, and empowerment evaluation. Understanding these core elements is fundamental in assessing, prioritizing, and coaching the students.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Fostering Success Coach Model are:

  • Increase the evidenced-based knowledge, skills, and resources available to professionals working with students who identify as independent to promote academic success and career transition
  • Connect strong and enduring networks that address the needs of youth and who identify as independent in relation to higher education and career via a nationwide support network of Fostering Success Coaches
  • Create successful transitions from foster care to college and college to career for students through the experience of working with a trained coach

Contact Information

Jamie Bennett, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University
Phone: (269) 929-0993

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2016