foster youth coaching

Foster Youth Coaching: Academic and Career Exploration to Success

The Academic and Career Exploration to Success (ACES) program serves New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholar-eligible adolescents between the ages of 16-21 as they transition out of high school in the following counties: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.

This foster youth coaching program focuses on adolescents’ educational and employment development, as coaches assist each adolescent in decision-making processes, soft skill development and direct assistance during the college application and job application processes.

The program also provides:

  • Direct access in finding scholarships and understanding financial aid
  • Support in completing the FAFSA, postsecondary applications and job applications
  • Education and career planning for high school students
  • Support to current adolescents seeking postsecondary education
  • Connections to county-based education and employment resources and networks
  • Events, workshops and experiences to assist in the adolescent’s transition into adulthood
  • Advocacy, support and general technical assistance

To learn more about the ACES Program, please contact Director of Scholarship Programs Marjorie Blicharz.

Staff:
Collie Crisman, ACES Coach, Region 2 (Hunterdon, Middlesex and Somerset counties)
Kiana Smiling, ACES Coach, Region 3 (Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean counties)

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