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FACES: Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success

Welcome!

Being a college student is hard, and everyone needs support. FACES is here to make sure you have that support. If you are a student who was involved in the foster care system and you're attending Texas State or thinking about attending Texas State, we're here for you. This page was created to provide you with information about FACES and to provide you with resources here on campus and in the community that can help.  If you need assistance, we are here to help! Please contact us:

Dr. Toni Watt, Associate Professor - Sociology, tw15@txstate.edu

Dr. Christine Norton - Assistant Professor - School of Social Work, cn19@txstate.edu

Naomi Valdez, Coordinator - Retention Management and Planning, 512.245.5500 or nv10@txstate.edu.

About FACES

The mission of FACES is to create a campus-wide network of support to assist students who grew up in the foster care system achieve educational success by focusing on recruitment, retention, and graduation.
The FACES initiative was awarded a $90,000 Public Benefit Grant from Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. This award will provide approximately two years of support to expand and evaluate support services for foster care alumni at Texas State.
 
Mentors and Advocates provide support to foster care alumni through FACES in a variety of ways. Mentors receive specific training on the needs and strengths of foster care alumni. Mentors promote positive relationships and connection, as well as advocacy and support.  Advocates are MSW interns who partner with VPSA to provide support and engage students and mentors. They also help manage the mentor/mentee relationship. If you would like to request a mentor, please contact Naomi Valdez at nv10@txstate.edu. You can reach an Advocate by calling 512-245-6600 or by emailing faces@txstate.edu.
 

Request a FACES mentor!

Transitioning to college life can be very difficult. Sometimes, we don't know who to ask for help from or what kind of help is out there. The FACES program are commiteed to helping Texas State FACES students reach their potential through various resources. FACES mentors are faculty or staff members at Texas State who want to be a source of information or resource to students. In addition, many students who have been linked up with a mentor have resulted in increased GPAs and increased retention.

FACES students can be paired up with a Texas State faculty or staff mentor by filling out the mentee form

Become a FACES Mentor!

If you would like to become a FACES mentor, please read the criteria listed below:

- Work as a faculty member or staff member at Texas State University

- Able to commit an hour of your time a week to your FACES mentee

- Knowledgeable of the resources at Texas State

- Willing to learn from FACES students

- Attend FACES Mentor Training

 

Become a FACES mentor by completing a mentor form.

Do you know a High School student or Transfer student who will be joining us this fall semester?

If you know a foster care alumni high school student or a transfer student from another 2 year or 4 year school, please give us that student's name and FACES will reach out to him/her this summer at New Student Orientation, PAWS Preview or the first couple of days of class.  We look forward to meeting new students this summer and help them transition to college life at Texas State. Often times, new students don't know who they can reach out to for assistance, FACES is the link to campus resources for foster care alumni.  Please click here to be taken to the FACES new student form.