Judson University Partners with Foster Progress to Offer Students Academic Opportunities | Judson University Christian College
Judson University Partners with Foster Progress to Offer Students Academic Opportunities


Foster Progress Partnership - Lisa Jarot and Kate Danielson(ELGIN, IL – May 1, 2018) During this year’s World Leaders Forum Community Event last month, Judson President Dr. Gene Crume announced a new partnership with Foster Progress. The partnership will provide a quality education for youth who age out of the foster care system, and funds from the World Leaders Forum will help to support the effort.

Chicago-based Foster Progress is an organization that looks to empower youth who have experienced foster care by providing mentors, advocacy and educational opportunities as they transition into young adulthood.

According to the fosterprogress.org website, youth who age out of the foster care face a grim reality:

  • Annually, 28,000 youths nationwide age out of the foster care system at age 18 or 21
  • By age 26, 31 percent experience homelessness
  • By age 26, 50 percent have been unemployed
  • By age 26, 57 percent have been incarcerated
  • In 2011, Illinois had the third highest rate of youths aging out


“The stats are gut-wrenching. We're happy to be providing another way, and a different option,” said Judson Vice President for Student Life Lisa Jarot, who will oversee the program at Judson.

Thanks to the partnership, Judson will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2019. This summer, Jarot and other members of the Leadership Team will seek a full-time program director.

Students will be admitted based on references, interviews and test scores. Once they are on campus, they will be amalgamated into the Judson community and receive additional tutoring and therapeutic support as needed and have access to career services, networking opportunities and internships.

“We really want them to succeed. We want to create a community, that is an extension of their families, and really practice biblical hospitality,” Jarot said.

On Saturday, April 28, Foster Progress announced its partnership with Judson during its Horizon Gala.

“I believe that the supportive community at Judson will be beneficial for students in foster care,” said Foster Progress Executive Director Kate Danielson. “I’m excited that Judson is ready to learn about best practices in supporting youth in foster care. The two of us working together will be a great team working with these students.”

Photo: Judson Vice President for Student Life Lisa Jarot (left) and Foster Progress Executive Director Kate Danielson pose during the recent Foster Progress Horizon Gala in downtown Chicago.

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