2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Examining the Lived Experiences of Foster Youth and Administrators in the Urban Community College Environment (ID 172)

Each year, over 20,000 college-aged youth are emancipated from the foster care system in the United States. While many of these youth report having college aspirations, few enroll in post-secondary education, and even fewer persist to graduation. The session will explore the lived experiences of foster youth and administrators in an urban community college setting. The presenter will discuss five key themes that emerged from interviews with foster youth and college administrators: educational obstacles, sense of belonging, barriers to engagement, professional development, and resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to share related retention efforts from their home institutions.


Tuesday, March 31
1:15 pm to 2:05 pm


303 AB
LA Convention Center

Presented by

Daniel Ambrose, Director of Mentoring & Student Success, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College