Great news for future TIP scholarship recipients! Michigan taxpayers will be able to donate a portion of their tax return to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund next year under legislation introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor on Tuesday. Senate Bill 543 would add the fund to the Michigan Voluntary Contributions Schedule, which allows up to 10 organizations to be listed on tax forms. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund would become the tenth.
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April, Washington DC:
TIP's own Dr. Day was recently given the National Blueprint Champion for Excellence Award for her role in assisting 800 of Michigan’s high risk youth graduate from college. This honor is awarded to individuals with demonstrated commitment to the principles of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare with the goal that “all children will grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities with everything they need to flourish—and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race, and language.
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"Children who were raised in foster care spoke yesterday during the KidSpeak Forum held at Wayne State University. The forum, co-sponsored by Wayne State’s School of Social Work and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, provided an opportunity for kids to share their personal stories and suggestions for reform to federal, state and local decision makers. "
A HUGE thank you to all the decision makers who came to listen and to the youth who shared their personal stories and thoughts about policy change!
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An interdisciplinary research team from the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Social Work and Western Michigan University (WMU) will use a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to determine whether Michigan’s foster youth are receiving adequate preventive, dental and prenatal health care services.
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According to Zyle, a program mentor, "Peer Mentoring is a fulfilling experience. You never realize that you are able to help someone until you are put in a situation where somebody really needs you and is asking for your help. Sometimes we take our knowledge of everyday life for granted; so I really love being able to impart wisdom to my mentee."
The Peer Mentor Program's success is based on mentor participation, and we have found that our students rise to the occasion and make very high quality mentors. The program has had great success this academic year, and we are excited to see what continues to unfold through these thriving relationships.
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Peer Mentoring Program