the Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program welcomed its first cohort of five Fellows to campus last August. A partnership with Communities In Schools has resulted in Christen Cannon becoming the first Fostering Achievement Fellowship Coordinator. “Christen is a perfect fit to lead this program,” commented Robin Johnston, Executive Director of the TCC Foundation. “She has an almost intuitive sense of what foster youth need to succeed, and has a deeplyfelt connection with our Fellows. The FAF Program provides a lot, but the real reason the Fellows will be successful is because of Christen.” Johnston was invited to Washington in November to meet with Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S.
Department of Education, to provide a briefing on the program. As a community college-based program serving a disadvantaged population, the FAF program falls in line with the presidential administration’s current initiatives. In March, Johnston presented the program to the Florida Children & Youth Cabinet, a powerful state-wide committee headed by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp. The Cabinet endorsed the program and committed to encouraging all of Florida’s community college presidents to learn more about the program and consider implementing FAF Program sites in their own institutions. Find out more about the Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program at fosteringachievementfellowship.org.