The First Star Kent State Academy is a free, comprehensive four-year college access program for youth in foster care impacted by the opioid crisis.

The academy offers a 4-week residential summer academy where youth live on the Kent State Campus and receive academic support, enrichment and the encouragement needed to excel during the upcoming academic year and in the transition to young adulthood.

The program engages a cohort of 30 students in a variety of fun and active learning opportunities that include academic courses, independent studies, social and cultural activities, field trips, service learning and many recreational activities.

In addition to the summer academy, students and their adult supporters will attend Saturday academies monthly throughout the school year, focused on educational advocacy and caregiver workshops.

3xhigher high school dropout rates for foster youth than other low-income children
94%of First Star Scholars believe attending college is possible for them
70%feel like First Star has helped them dream bigger

Who Is First Star?

First Star, a national non-profit, improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to transition to higher education and adulthood successfully. We pursue our mission through innovative, university-based college-preparatory programs, providing technical assistance to stakeholders, and advocating for policy change.


Contact Us

Phone Number: 330-672-3039

Academy Director
Danielle Green-Welch, M.Ed, Ed.S