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Who We Are.

Support Our Foster Youth (SOFY) to utilize their support network, achieve their goals, and “Be the Change”!

In partnership with The University of Baltimore, the Fostering Change Network Foundation and the I KARE Initiative has teamed up to deliver a brand-new program focused on coaching, life-skills, and experiential learning. The I KARE Initiative is an project started by Kashawn Milligan, Creator of Kays Keys and Alumna of foster care to ensure first-generation students have the information and support needed to succeed in their educational program.

The SOFY -Be The Change program is centered on supporting and guiding foster youth and alumni of foster care throughout the pre-college/vocational program and active college/vocational program process towards the completion of educational goals and launching a career.

For any immediate questions please contact Kimberly Rhyan at

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Five Pillars

Create transitions that lead to success in college and career for alumni from foster care ages 18 to 25 years old.

Develop support among young people aging out of foster care and alumni of foster care, and create a safe space for growth through reflection and mentoring/coaching.

Provide transformational opportunities to alumni from foster care and their support network to enhance their professional skill set through educational pathways.

Empower alumni from foster care by integrating experiences from students’ past to build opportunities for their future through action plans.


We are offering a five week Summer Program for currently enrolled College or Other Post-Secondary Education (University, Vocational Program, or Apprenticeship) foster youth ages 18-30 at The University of Baltimore.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be given a stipend of up to $500, paid directly towards an education expense or expense that would prevent them from enrolling in or completing their educational program (College, G.E.D., Vocational Training Program, etc.).


July 16th - August 15th

  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM on Tuesdays (Online Session) using Zoom

  • 11:30AM - 2:00 PM on Thursdays (In-Person & Lunch provided))


The University of Baltimore | 1420 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Topics By Week

  1. How to Advocate for Yourself and Build Self-Efficacy

  2. How to Align Your Passion with Your Education and Career

  3. How to Build Your Resiliency Through Your Strengths

  4. How to Develop Financial Wellness and Secure the Bag

  5. How to Network and Make the Most of Your Connections/Resources


Applicants must complete and submit their application by: JULY 1

The following criteria must be met to be considered:

  • All students/aspiring students (University, College, Vocational Program, Apprenticeship, etc.)  

  • In or from Foster Care.

  • Ages 18-30.




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