Yes, all awarded institutions will receive the logo and all related materials, to be used for their programming.
Ohio Reach programming is open to all students with any history or experience in foster or kinship care at any point in their youth (prior to 18 years of age). This allows for access to services for students with a range of experiences with foster/kinship care in their lives.
Most Institutions do not know who every foster care affected student on campus is. Ohio Reach encourages institutions to create a marketing/outreach plan to reach students in a variety of ways. Some proven methods include: Partnerships with community organizations or local school districts, including identifying questions on applications or surveys, speaking in classes, posting information, and sending email communications through the financial aid department. To build agency and trust, liaisons can host events, network with students, and share about the benefits of services offered.
The Designation is awarded for three years. At the end of the 3-year period, institutions will be able to renew their designation by completing an abbreviated application. Awards will be sent out 1 time with the initial designation.
Yes, the Request for Applications will be released annually to all institutions. In future years, the RFA will be released early each calendar year. In the meantime, some trainings will be open to staff from all institutions, to allow a chance to learn best practices before applying.
Yes, institutions are able to have co-liaisons. Co-liaisons and other interested staff are welcome at virtual trainings.
We agree! There will be a meet and greet for all new and established campus liaisons shortly after awards. Future trainings will cover best practices and include panels.
Yes, the Campus Liaison may serve as the Campus Champion for their department. They are also able to be counted towards the needed three Champions on applications.
Students may not self-identify, we encourage institutions to create an outreach plan to identify students and offer services to them. Ohio Reach Liaisons will only be asked to collect data on students that they have connected with or offered services to.
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