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Developing programs to assist youth who are transitioning from foster care to college is key to their success. Although the number of campus programs that serve youth from foster care has grown over the past 10 years, the number of pre-college programs has not grown at the same pace. Universities are in a unique position to create pre-college programs to serve youth from foster care. Building strong community collaborative partnerships can assist pre-college programs in developing program components to address the needs of youth transitioning from foster care into college. Using an interorganizational community-based collaborative framework, this article will discuss key components to building a successful collaborative. The National Social Work Enrichment Program will be highlighted as an example of the pre-college program model.


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  • Alternative title
    • Building University-Community Partnerships

  • Journal title
    • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

  • Volume
    • 12

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Acknowledgements:

      NSEP is grateful for the partnership with Alabama DHR which provides funding for youth to attend the program. We are also grateful for each university and community partner that works together to deliver a successful program.