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First Star Sacramento State Academy

The First Star Sacramento State Academy for Foster Youth at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) will significantly extend First Star's presence in California. The Academy at Sacramento State is a collaborative effort by California State University, Sacramento; First Star; the Sacramento County Child, Family, and Adult Services Department, and other local stakeholders.

The First Star Sacramento State Academy is a free, comprehensive four-year college access program for youth in foster care that aims to provide the academic support, enrichment, resources, and encouragement needed to assist them in becoming competitive college applicants to enroll and succeed in college. The program engages a cohort of high school students in a variety of fun and active learning opportunities that include academic courses for college credit, independent studies, social and cultural activities, field trips, service learning, recreational activities, and a Sac State residential summer experience. In addition to the summer immersion program, students will receive individual support throughout the academic year through monthly Saturday Academies, education advocacy, and caregiver workshops.