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

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Summer Academy & Saturday Academy

The Academy offers a 4-week residential summer Academy where youth live on the Kent State Campus, as well as monthly interactions during the academic year.

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First star students


Get to know First Star Kent State Academy! Check out these photos and videos from our First Star experience.

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3xhigher high school dropout rates for foster youth than other low-income children
88%of First Star Scholars Enter Higher Education
98%of First Star Scholars Graduate High School


Contact Us

Phone Number: 330-672-3039

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