ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Area foster care students are getting a chance to thrive this school year, but only with the help from the community.
Albany State University (ASU) officially rolled out the program this past July.
Fostering through College program coordinator Kevius Bass told WALB News 10 that over 8,000 students in the State of Georgia are in foster care. Some of those coming from right here in South Georgia.
"We do have a great amount of foster youth and a lot of them are not being serviced properly like they need to as far as their well-being and pushing them to success after foster care," Bass said.
The program is aimed to help foster care students transition into college life and support them as they further their education.
ASU sophomore Eshontee Rowe is enrolled in the new program.
Rowe, who lost her father at 8 years old, is loving her new support system.
"It feels great! Because it's like I don't feel as dependent or as alone," Rowe mentioned.
The program is expected to grow and ASU is still asking for the community's help.
Mentors are needed to help guide the students through their college years.
Organizers are also looking for host families to take care of a student during the holidays and breaks.
They're also asking for donations from the community and private partners.
If interested, call Bass at 229-296-0226.