Beating the Odds: Former Kids in the System Find Success, Each Other
Laura Michels, Traverse City Record Eagle
Leanza Curtiss, 26, is a junior at Northwestern Michigan College. She has big plans for her future. The fact that she’s in college at all is significant. Curtiss spent a large portion of her childhood in the foster-care system.
About 40 percent of young people in foster care graduate from high school. Half of those transition to higher education, and just 3 to 11 percent graduate from college with a degree, according to Fostering Success Michigan, an organization that helps young people in the foster-care system access and complete college.