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J.W. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia

  • J.W. Fanning Institute, University of Georgia
  • University of Georgia
    1240 South Lumpkin Street
  • Athens, GA 30602
  • (706) 542-1108
  • 1982
  • Jason Bedgood
  • Program Operations Coordinator - Youth Development
  • (706) 542-5266

Program Description

A summer program that exposes high school students in foster care to the college experience High school youth from across the state apply and are selected to participate in this college campus experience program. Participants spend five days on the University of Georgia campus where they receive important information on college preparation, learn about the college application process, and discover new opportunities. During the program, the youth stay in the UGA residence halls, eat in the dining halls, participate in recreational sports, and visit the libraries, athletic facilities, and classrooms. Current college students serve as mentors throughout the program. They also talk with UGA professors, counselors, and other professionals about preparing for college, including: College admission counselors, Scholarship and financial aid representatives, Major and career college advisors, University professors, and Georgia youth advocates.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%