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Be part of the ASU family that supports foster youth as they pursue their life dreams and a college degree. Or, maybe you can help make it possible for more high school youth from Arizona’s tribal communities and Asian Pacific Islander communities to experience a week on-campus and “see” themselves engaged and succeeding in a university environment.
will give an incoming American Indian student exposure to college life for 1 week with the AISSS Spirit Program
will give a community member 14 counseling sessions with our Counselor Training Center
will give an incoming student 4 hours of coaching, mentoring or tutoring at a Student Success Center
Bridging Success for Foster Youth
Be part of the ASU family that supports foster youth as they pursue their life dreams and a college degree. The Bridging Success Early-Start program offers foster youth the opportunity to begin their ASU experience in a safe and welcoming community. Students move in early, form a cohesive community, and get immediately connected to a safety net of support, tools and resources that ease their transition.
“It provides a sense of community and it gives me a place to fit in,” says Breanna Carpenter ’19, who helped found a student club that grew out of her Bridging Success early-start experience. “I’m surrounded by people who have the same values and the same mission. They have the same background so they understand the obstacles…but they’re here with me. That encourages me to show others they can get here.”
SPIRIT Early-Start Initiative
American Indian first-time freshmen get a jump on adjusting to campus life, connecting with friends, and identifying mentors in SPIRIT (Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition). Students move in two weeks early and enjoy a range of workshops and social activities to accelerate their success. But only 10 percent of eligible freshmen have participated in SPIRIT; many who did not said they needed to work during those two weeks to continue to earn money for college. With your support, we can offer awards to offset lost income.
“SPIRIT's impact on my ASU experience has been amazing!” says Shawn M. Allison Jr. ’18, a construction engineering major, “I was able to move into my dorm early and beat the crazy rush, meet new friends and get a head start on my college experience. SPIRIT is where I first learned about all the Native student organizations on campus and I chose to become very active in two of them as well as other groups. SPIRIT did so much for me that I wanted to help create that same environment for new students and so I became a SPIRIT Ambassador my sophomore year.”