We offer Campus Coaching as a unique service to students in our program. Our staff are certified coaches through the Fostering Success Coaching Institute. Our coaches will help you develop important skills to help you be successful in college and 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.
1 on 1 Admissions Support
Our Outreach Manager works directly with prospective students who have a history of foster care and who are interested applying to UTSA. We will also support you during the admissions process if you need assistance completing the steps to register for your first term.
The Fostering Futures Program team can provide virtual or in-person presentations about our program and the services we provide! We host presentations on campus, and we can also visit schools and community partner organizations to meet with your team. To schedule a presentation, please complete this request form and a member of our team will contact you!
Laptops for checkout
Dell XPS 13 laptops are available for students to check out to meet your education needs. Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact your Campus Coach to learn more about how you can access a laptop through our program.
We partner with UTSA Housing and Residence Life to facilitate a Supervised Independent Living (SIL) program on campus at Chaparral Village and Laurel Village. The SIL program allows UTSA students who are in extended foster care and 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 single-occupancy rooms and can work with Housing and Residence Life 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 benefits.
This program is for UTSA students in extended foster care with DFPS. For eligibility requirements for extended foster care, visit the DFPS website. 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.
Finances and Employment
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 childcare. $30,000 has been made available to support a single student with this need. Contact your Campus Coach if you are interested in learning more about this resource.
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 our staff 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 while you're at UTSA! Some of these programs will include meals, swag, and the opportunity to connect with other students on campus.
One Stop Liaison
Our team of professional staff includes a certified Campus Coach housed in the One Stop Enrollment Center as a Senior Counselor. The Campus Coach in One Stop schedules weekly office hours to meet with students who are part of the Fostering Futures Program to provide all services offered by One Stop using trauma informed care. Our team member will support you with reviewing your educational benefits, your UTSA account, and finding financial solutions to meet your needs.
In addition to the UTSA Whataburger Resource Room/Roadrunner Pantry open to all students, we have our own dedicated pantry and closet specifically for Fostering Futures Program students.
We have a microwave, small refrigerator, and a coffee pot available to you for making small meals or snacks! Some of the items we typically have in stock are:
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Oatmeal and granola bars
- Laundry detergent
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Body wash
- Feminine hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Diapers and other parenting supplies
- School supplies
Supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact your Campus Coach to schedule an appointment to access our pantry.
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
Please review this process map before requesting funds.
To access Emergency Funds, complete this request form and your Campus Coach will contact you!
We work with students to create unique opportunities to develop life skills in a variety of areas. Our schedule changes each semester, and all our workshops can be found on our Rowdylink page!
Cultural and Personal Identity Development
The Fostering Futures Program hosts a semi-formal banquet in the Fall and Spring to gather in community and celebrate the achievements of each student. We also take this opportunity to recognize the students graduating that semester with gifts that include all the essentials to walk the stage, and a specialized cord unique to Fostering Futures Program students.
Students with parking citations have the option to volunteer time as a partial or full payment. There may be opportunities for you to volunteer at the Fostering Futures Program! Check out UTSA Engaged for information on how to sign up!
We encourage all students to get involved on campus in the vibrant student life and activities UTSA has to offer. Our Campus Coaches will work with students to identify organizations, events, societies, and civic engagement opportunities happening around campus for students to dig deeper into their cultural and personal identities. Interested in learning more about student life? Check out the latest happenings on Rowdylink!
Supportive Relationships and Community Connections
We have Peer Mentors who can work with you to help you feel supported along your academic journey. We work in partnership with the First Year Experience and First-Generation and Transfer Student Programs to provide this program, as many students who have a history of foster care have shared identities as first year, 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!
Our team of staff are trained to assess your needs and connect you with programs who can meet your unique needs outside of the Fostering Futures Program. We will provide referrals to wrap-around resources on and off campus to help you build your support system.
Whether you are new or returning to UTSA, we have a close partnership with the UTSA Welcome Center to curate a campus tour experience that meets your needs! You will also receive a tour of the Fostering Futures Program office space as part of this experience. The best way to get started with scheduling a tour that is right for you is to contact our Outreach and Events Manager at 210-458-6961. This opportunity is open to students and partner organizations.
Physical and Mental Health
UTSA offers an array of services for students to meet their wellbeing needs. We can absolutely connect you with the right folks in Wellbeing Services to support your needs in advocacy, physical health, counseling and mental health, recovery, and crisis management.