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FAN and partnering organizations are working together to provide support and resource awareness to current and former foster youth.
FAN is sponsored by The Ohio State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. With ODI's support, FAN has the ability to provide programing and rewards for members who are actively participating in the organization and their academic responsibilities. We are honored to work with ODI to expand the understanding of the former foster youth who attend Ohio State and how we can support them throughout their collegiate journeys.
The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) is a statewide organization of young advocates (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care.
FAN proudly partners with Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now Ohio (ACTION Ohio). ACTION Ohio's members are dedicated to improving outcomes for current and former foster care youth. Through advocacy, they bring together the voices of foster alumni and their allies to create lasting change and hope for those touched by the child welfare system.
Ohio Reach is an involved cohort of FAN, "Supporting Former Foster Youth Reaching for Higher Education". Their network of professionals, advocates, and students across the State of Ohio is determined to support former foster youth on their collegiate journey.
El'lesun is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for and serves the foster care community. They also provide independent living and family well-being workshops. El'lesun partners with FAN to operate Project P.A.S.S.I.O.N, a program that provides no-cost professional attire to current and former foster youth entering and maintaining jobs in the workforce.
FAN is pleased to partner with The Columbus State Scholar Network (CSSN). The Scholar Network is a support program for former foster youth on Columbus State Community College's campus and inspired the creation of FAN. Teamwork between our two programs helps facilitate a successful and stress-free transition for students transferring from Columbus State to OSU.
Foster to Adult is a program provided by Orphan World Relief created to provide holistic peer mentorship to young people touched by the child welfare system. By teaching independent living skills like financial literacy, renting an apartment, healthy relationships and resource awareness FAN student members have the opportunity to receive mentorship from an older student peer and should they wish, transition into a mentor role for others in the program.