3rd Annual Passport to College Conference 

May 5th, 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

May 6th, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm



May 05, 2010, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
May 06, 2010, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

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Cedarbrook Lodge 
18525 36th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98188

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Register Now! If attending May 5th, please select the two workshops that you would like to attend before registering.

2010 Keynote Speaker

May 6th, 10:00 am

LymanLyman Legters

Mr. Legters has been working with children, youth and families in King County and Washington State for over 25 years. Since joining Casey Family Programs in 2002 as the Senior Director of the Seattle Field Office, Mr. Legters has demonstrated a strong focus on integrating child serving systems. He serves on the Executive Committee of the King County Systems Integration Initiative, a multi-systems initiative focused on creating an integrated and coordinated service system for vulnerable children and families. Mr. Legters also serves on the Washington State Education Oversight Committee.

Do You Know A Champion?

Then we want to hear from you!

The conference planning committee is looking for champions to highlight at this year's award ceremony luncheon. A champion is someone who is doing exciting work that supports the educational achievement of youth in care and alumni. If you know someone who is a true champion, please send us an email describing why you think this person should be honored for the support that he or she provides youth in care and alumni.


Alexia Everett 
College Success Foundation 

Join champions from across the state in supporting the retention and graduation of  former foster youth.


May 5th

Day one is intended for professionals who provide direct support to youth in care and alumni. Attendees will acquire skills, tools and resources that support professional development, as well as program performance.


Attendees will choose from the following workshops:

Supporting Well-being: Connecting Students with Community Resources That Support Their Success

Presented by Lisa Predovich, Program Officer, College Success Foundation  

This workshop will examine the specific needs of alumni of care students, provide tips and strategies for supporting students regarding these needs, and provide information on identifying local resources and services in the following well-being areas: education, employment, housing, life skills, physical and mental health, supportive relationships and community connections, and spiritual and cultural identity.

The Culture of Foster Care: Understanding the Child Welfare System and How it Can Affect Youth and Young Adults 

Presented by Rick Butt, Independent Living Program Manager, Children's Administration; Tiffany Washington, Director of Youth Programs, Mockingbird Society; Dae Shogren, Program Coordinator, Community Youth Services

This workshop will provide information about Washington State's foster care system, as well as information on how  the system impacts youth and young adults. Attendees will learn how to be sensitive to the experiences of youth in care and alumni.

Holistic Advising: Planning Toward Retention and Graduation

Presented by Kimberly Thomas, Director Pre-Major Studies Program, Seattle University;  Barbara Brodsky, Director, TRIO Student Support Services, Bellevue College

This workshop will provide information and strategies regarding academic advising and support to former foster youth.

Saving for a Rainy Day: Teaching Students About Financial Planning bank

Presented by Audrey Hue, Business Division Facilitator, Bellevue College

This workshop will provide detailed information on helping students understand how to manage money throughout their lifetime, budget accordingly, and become overall more financially literate. Topics such as budgeting, saving and credit will be covered.

In the afternoon, attendees will be divided into two groups to attend one of the following workshops:

A Call to Action: Developing Your Institution's Action Plan, Part I

Presented by Alexia Everett, Senior Officer Foster Care Education and Policy, College Success Foundation; Dawn McCaferty-Cypriano, Passport for Foster Youth Promise and Endowment Matching Grant Program Manager, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board; John Emerson, Senior Manager for Education, Casey Family Programs

All college support staff will attend this workshop. Attendees will create a customized program development plan based on Casey Family Program's Supporting Success framework.

Education Advocacy and the Post-secondary Pipeline 

Presented by Abigail Taitano, Pre-college Program Officer, College Success Foundation; Alene Alexander, SETuP Case Manager, Volunteers of America; Phoebe Sade Anderson, Educational Advocacy Manager, Treehouse

All pre-college support staff will attend this workshop. This workshop will outline a framework for providing academic support to youth in care as they transition into a post-secondary program.

Topics to be covered will include:
  • Academic monitoring
  • Coordination of supplemental supports such as tutoring, mentoring, etc.
  • Promoting career development opportunities
  • Navigating the admissions and enrollment process 
The day will conclude with a dinner discussion led by alumni of care students. Students will share their experiences transitioning into college and offer insights on how they would like to be supported. 


May 6th

Day two will focus on strengthening the post-secondary pipeline for youth in care and alumni through community engagement. We encourage everyone whose work affects the lives of youth in care and alumni to attend. Attendees will learn about innovative partnerships happening in Washington State, as well as discover new opportunities for improving services through community collaborations.


A Call to Action: Developing Your Institution's Action Plan, Part II

Presented by Alexia Everett, College Success Foundation; Dawn McCaferty-Cypriano, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board; John Emerson, Casey Family Programs

Strengthening the post-secondary pipeline requires the committment, communication, and collaboration of powerful champions within and outside of the college. Join us to learn what role you can play in supporting the educational achievement of youth in care and alumni.  Institutional leaders are highly encouraged to attend this event.

Award Ceremony Luncheon

Washington State champions are among the best in the nation. Let's celebrate the innovative partnerships happening in our state! As we work together to improve the future for youth in care and alumni, it is also important to honor what has been accomplished.


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