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Services

Campus Coaching

Campus Coaching is a unique service offered by the Fostering Futures Program. Our staff are certified Coaches through the Fostering Success Coach training program offered and developed by Western Michigan University. Our Coaches will help you develop important skills to use on campus towards your academic success and also out in the community as you get ready to graduate and launch into your journey outside of higher education. Our goal is to work alongside you in partnership as you design and achieve your goals. We empower you to pursue the path of success that is most meaningful to you!

Child Care Assistance

The Kaylee Rosales Memorial Child Care Fund was established in the Fall of 2021 to support parenting students with financial resources associated with child care. $30,000 has been made available to support a single student with this need. Applications were last issued in December 2021. Contact your Campus Coach if you are interested in learning more about this resource!

Emergency Funds

We have specific funds available for Fostering Futures Program students experiencing a crisis, and we can assist in covering expenses up to $500 a year to make sure that you can keep making progress towards your academic goals. Some of these expenses may include:

  • Housing (including rental arrears)
  • Utilities (including arrears)
  • Vehicle costs and maintenance
  • Medical expenses
  • Phone/internet
  • Groceries

If you are experiencing an emergency and need to request funds, contact your Campus Coach so we can assist you! We are currently working on building capacity for our Emergency Fund resource due to the increase in volume of emergencies our students are experiencing during this time. If you would like to learn more about how you can help contribute to expanding our Emergency Fund, please click here.

Incentives

We encourage all eligible students to enroll and participate in our program. Enrolling in our program is as simple as completing a short information form and assessment with our Campus Coach. The information gathered during the enrollment helps guide our staff to know how we can best support you in your academic career. By enrolling with our program, you will receive an incentive of a $25 value at the time of your assessment. You will also begin to receive information on new resources, programs, and events sponsored by the Fostering Futures Program that you can access throughout your career at UTSA! Some of these programs will include meals, swag, and the opportunity to connect with other students on campus.

Laptops for checkout

Dell XPS 13 laptops are available for students to check out from the Fostering Futures Program to meet your virtual education needs. Laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact your Campus Coach to learn more about how you can access a laptop through the Center!

Pantry

Contact your Campus Coach to schedule an appointment to access our pantry.  You may also access the Roadrunner Pantry in the Student Union as an alternative resource. Please visit the Roadrunner Pantry website for more information.

Our Center has a dedicated pantry and closet for Fostering Futures Program students. We have a microwave, small refrigerator, and a coffee pot available to you for making small meals or snacks in the Center! Some of the items we typically have in stock are:

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Spaghetti’Os
  • Chips
  • Oatmeal and granola bars
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper plates and plasticware
  • Binders
  • Pens and pencils
  • Notebook paper

We accept pantry donations from Campus and Community Champions, and supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Peer Mentoring

The Fostering Futures Program has Peer Mentors who can work with you to help you feel supported in your academic journey.  The Peer Mentors are students who are hired through the Fostering Futures Program and who are matched with new students based on shared interests and goals.  We work in partnership with the First Gen and Transfer Student Center to provide this program, as many students with a history of foster care have shared identities as first generation and transfer students.

If you are interested in signing up for a mentor, or exploring opportunities to become a mentor, contact your Campus Coach for more information!

Student Organization

The Fostering Futures Program values authentic youth collaboration. Our students have formed an organization known as SEEN – Student Empowerment through Engagement and Networking, open to all students who have a history of foster care, as well as supportive Roadrunners across campus! Check out our page on RowdyLink for information on the mission of SEEN and how to get involved!

Supervised Independent Living Program

The Fostering Futures Program partners with Campus Services to a run Supervised Independent Living (SIL) program on campus at Chaparral Village, Laurel Village, and Alvarez Hall. The SIL program allows UTSA students using their Tuition and Fee Waiver to live on campus and have Housing and Meal Plan costs covered. SIL program participants also receive a $90 monthly stipend to put towards basic living expenses.

SIL program participants live in a single-occupancy room and can work with Campus Services to identify open units. Meal Plans are designated for SIL students and cover the cost of 3 meals daily. The Campus Coach meets with SIL program participants regularly, and all SIL students are eligible for the same Fostering Futures Program program benefits.

This program is for UTSA students in extended foster care with DFPS. For eligibility requirements for extended foster care, please click here. If you are interested in applying for SIL, please contact your caseworker and request a referral. All SIL students must apply for housing through the UTSA Housing & Residence Life website.

Click here to download more information about our SIL program!