Katy Reckdahl is a New Orleans–based writer. Her work has appeared in The New Orleans Advocate, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other news organizations.

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How College Coaches Change the Lives of Students Formerly in Foster Care

by Katy Reckdahl 07-18-2019

Yvonne Unrau (left), director of the Center for Fostering Success, talks to a student. They hire campus coaches who already understand what it’s like to be in foster care.


Seita Scholars have a 30 percent graduation rate, compared with national averages of 8 percent for former foster children. Maddy Day, a former director of outreach and training for the center, remembers becoming aware of the success of the Seita Scholars program while she worked at a similar program at the University of Washington.