Bridging the Gap
Every year in Colorado nearly 400 youth will age out of the foster care system. Mile High United Way's Bridging the Gap Program was developed in 2005 to address the challenges faced by foster youth as they transition to adulthood. Bridging the Gap offers coaching in financial literacy, employment skills, and assistance with housing and higher education.
Colorado has nearly 7,000 children in foster care.
Studies indicate that foster youth are 2 to 3 times less likely to graduate from high school than their peers.
While most (70%) foster youth aspire to college, very few (3% - 11%) complete a bachelor’s degree.
Recent research has shown that foster youth who have received mentoring services are nearly five times as likely to enroll in college than their un-mentored peers.