Fostering Higher Education

Opening doors for higher education and training.

Fostering Higher Education (FHE) is a free, community-based program for youth in foster care to support and encourage post-secondary education and training.

  • Our Educational Advocate helps youth identify and complete steps toward post-secondary education and training options.
  • Students are paired with a post-secondary-experienced community mentor to learn about academic options, social support, career exploration, and more.

Participants must be youth aging out of foster care who are finishing their senior year or need to complete HISET, or those who have finished high school but have not begun post-secondary education and are under the age of 21.

Fostering Higher Education was developed through funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The program was developed by Washington State University Vancouver and the University of Washington.

Want to be a mentor?

We need mentors for Fostering Higher Education! Volunteers must be adults (age 18+) who have completed a form of higher education or training and passed a background check. All volunteers will be trained and must be willing to spend a minimum of 5 hours per month mentoring a youth.

Interested in being a mentor? Contact Clare Dieter at