Seita Scholars Program

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Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Seita Scholars Program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Youth Transitioning Into Adulthood Programs and Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Youth aging out of foster care; foster and former foster youth in college 18-25 years old

For children/adolescents ages: 18 – 25

Brief Description

The Seita Scholars Program is a campus-based support program for undergraduate students who experienced foster care and are attending Western Michigan University. Students receive support from coaches to successfully navigate seven life domains:

  • Academics
  • Finances and employment
  • Housing
  • Physical and mental health care
  • Social relationships and community connections
  • Cultural and personal identity
  • Life skills

Students have access to 24-hour on-call support and emergency financial resources. The program includes a scholarship at the university and students are required to live on campus.


Program Goals:

The overall goals of the Seita Scholars Program are:

  • Increase opportunities for foster youth to pursue higher education and to provide supports that promote success throughout their undergraduate experience at Western Michigan University (WMU) while increasing foster youth earning college degrees
  • Create transitions that lead to success in college and career for WMU students from foster care ages 18-25
  • Develop community of scholars among WMU students who have aged out of foster care (Create safe community to deconstruct and reconstruct identity)
  • Educate WMU students from foster care and their support network to enhance professional skill set
  • Transform WMU Students from foster care by integrating experiences of one’s past to build opportunities for the future
  • Promote academic success toward college graduation that leads to professional employment upon graduation, while maintaining personal well-being, developing career aspirations, and building leadership capabilities

Contact Information

Name: Chris Harris, MA
Agency/Affiliation: Western Michigan University
Website: www.wmich.edu/fosteringsuccess/seita
Email:
Phone: (269) 387-8346
Fax: (269) 387-8360

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012