May 5, 2016 2:36 PM by News Staff
May is national foster care awareness month.
In recognition of the month, a panel of PATH or Promoting Achievement Through Hope scholar students at Chico State shared their experiences with other students.
They have successfully transitioned from foster care to post-secondary education.
These students said they are overcoming barriers to attain a bachelor's degree. According to research, only 3 to 5 percent of foster youth obtain a 4-year degree, compared to 24-percent of the general population.
One PATH student who mentors other foster students described his experience.
“It was hard growing up,” Dimitirus Delacruz said. “I came to college by myself no parents. I was adopted and they left me at the age of 16 so I had to raise myself from 16 to 18 and now I’m on track to graduate in 2018.”
PATH students hosted Wednesday’s event to spread awareness of the difficulties of being a foster child..
They work to reduce stigma for the foster population, and celebrate the students' stories of resiliency, determination, and courage.
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