How We Support Youth in Foster Care

Youth in foster care are amazing people and we love supporting them on their path to education after high school. Students need financial and emotional support when thinking about the next steps in life, and we offer guidance and funding to help these special students achieve their education dreams starting in high school and continuing until they reach their education and career goals.

Paying for School

Paying for School

 

Foster Care Education and Training Voucher Program

Montana foster care youth are eligible to apply for the Foster Care Educational Training Voucher (ETV) program, which provides eligible youth with up to $5,000 per year to pay for educational expenses. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently in foster care and likely to age out of the foster care system; or
  • Aged out of the foster care system; or
  • Adopted or placed into guardianship from foster care after reaching age 16, or
  • Have been under tribal court jurisdiction and meet the above eligibility criteria.

To Apply: Download the ETV application

The priority deadlines for the program are December 15 for students planning on attending spring and summer courses, and July 1 for fall courses or the full school year.

Reach Higher Montana Summit

Reach Higher Montana Summit

Reach Higher Montana holds an annual Summit for Youth in Foster Care every year in June. The purpose of the summit is to help youth in foster care experience life on a college campus, learn about available resources to achieve education and career goals, and connect to peers from across Montana. Students apply for the opportunity to attend the Summit, and for applications visit with your Chafee provider about applying for this great opportunity (see list below).

Due to COVID-19, the Summit was held in a virtual format in 2020 and 2021.  

For more information about the Summit, contact Rhonda Safford at (406) 495-7354 or rsafford@ReachHigherMontana.org.

Video - A Foster Youth Success Story  A Foster Youth Success Story

Video - From Foster Care to Foster Parent  From Foster Care to Foster Parent

Career Exploration Training

To help students get a jump start on career exploration, Reach Higher Montana Advisors host regional training sessions across Montana to help foster youth explore available education or workforce opportunities after high school. These fun, interactive sessions guide students through the Montana Career Information System (MCIS) and provide students with access to information and connections to careers available in their area.

College Check In

We continue to support youth with foster care experience as they pursue their education after high school. Reach Higher Montana Advisors connect with ETV recipients at colleges in their areas several times throughout the school year to see how they are doing and to help them navigate college.

Click here for Reach Higher Montana Advisor contact information.

For more information about our programs, contact Rhonda Safford at (406) 495-7354 or rsafford@ReachHigherMontana.org

Resources

Foster Care to College - Online Guide to Resources and Support