College & Workforce Readiness

Foster Youth and College: How One Student Defied the Odds (Video)

By Carmen Rojas — April 04, 2016 1 min read

In its Making the Grade education segment, the PBS NewsHour recently shed light on an often-overlooked group of students—those raised in foster care.

Only about half of all youth in foster care in the U.S. graduate from high school, and just 1 in 10 enroll in college. James Turner, raised in foster care since he was 18 months old and now a second-semester college student, is defying these odds. The 19-year-old wants to use his education to help other foster youth overcome the same hurdles he did.

This video segment appeared on PBS NewsHour on March 29, 2016.


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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Air: A Video Blog blog.