Explore the specialized educational needs of a highly mobile, vulnerable and capable group of students: system-involved youth. These are young people who are experiencing homelessness, who are in foster care, and who have involvement with the juvenile justice system.
In April, 2018, Michelle Francois, Senior Director of Compassionate Systems at the National Center for Youth Law’s Foster Youth Education Initiative (FosterEd), and Andrew Moffett, Data and Technology Manager:
Michelle Francois is Director of National Center for Youth Law’s Foster Youth Education Initiative (FosterEd), a nationally recognized initiative operating in four states that is working to build a future where all youth who come into contact with systems graduate high school with a full range of college and career options. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors, as well as substantial expertise in child welfare and education. Most recently, she served as the Associate Director of Child Welfare with the Stuart Foundation, where she led a major initiative to improve education outcomes for foster youth across California. Michelle’s drive to reform the child welfare and education system comes from her personal experiences in foster care, the role education has played in her own healing journey and having benefited from the intensive support of teachers and mentors on her pathway to and through college.