Foster Youth and Higher Education Initiative

The Foster Youth and Higher Education Initiative began at Western Michigan University in the spring of 2007. The overall plan for the initiative has three components:

    1. Direct service delivery and student support to young people aging out of the foster care system (the Seita Scholars Program);
    2. Teacher training with instructional and curriculum strategies that increase academic engagement and success for students from foster care, and training for child-welfare professionals to better prepare foster youth for college; and
    3. Research that will inform practice and policy at local, state and federal levels.

To date, WMU has made great progress on the first component (the Seita Scholars Program). To hear what Seita scholars have to say about the Program's campus coaches, DHS coach, and community-supported activities, check out the video below (4:37 min).

Seita Scholars Program Student Voices

Seita Scholars Newsletter - January 2013
Seita Scholars Newsletter - September 2012
Seita Scholars Newsletter - August 2012
Seita Scholars Newsletter - June 2012
Seita Scholars Newsletter - April 2012
Seita Scholars Newsletter - March 2012
Seita Scholars Newsletter - February 2012
The Seita Scholars Newsletter is created by the students for our students mainly, but also for our friends of the program. Its purpose is to keep the students involved, to inform of news updates and events relevant to them, and to involve our students in the creation process.


Foster Youth and Higher Education Initiative
Seita Scholars Program
Faunce Student Services, Room 1111
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5302 USA
(269) 387-8362 | (269) 387-8360 Fax


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