Fostering Higher Education

Fostering Higher Education

Fostering Higher Education aims to support young people aging out of foster care as they transition to adulthood. It focuses on helping youth explore and connect with post-secondary education and training opportunities so they can gain and maintain stability.

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

Connect with Foundation 2 Aftercare Staff

To connect with Foundation 2’s Aftercare Services staff, you may call our office at (319) 368-3376.

Our therapy and support services also extend to youth