Mission, Goals, & Eligibility

The objective of the FBF program is to eliminate barriers that would typically derail foster youth from meeting educational and life goals.  By providing financial, academic, and social support, the FBF program helps these young men and women learn the skills they need to live as independent adults and get the education needed to secure gainful and meaningful employment.

The FBF program is made possible by a network of community partners, including Dress for Success, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Kramden Institute, The Green Chair Project, United Way of the Greater Triangle, Wake County Humans Services, and Wheels 4 Hope.


Help young adults who have transitioned out of foster care program to attend college, establish personal and educational goals, earn a degree or marketable skills, learn vital life skills, and achieve lifelong independence.


Fostering Bright Futures & the Wake Tech Foundation are committed to the success of our students starting on day one by:

  • mentoring and supporting foster youth in completing a diploma, certificate or degree at Wake Tech Community College,
  • increasing the number of former foster youth transferring to bachelor's degree programs,
  • decreasing the number of high school dropouts among foster youth by providing a pathway to higher education, and
  • helping former foster youth develop life skills and financial independence.


For a foster or former foster youth to be eligible to participate in Fostering Bright Futures, they must:

  • be accepted between October 15th - February 15th each year
  • be a Wake Tech student and a legal resident of any North Carolina county,
  • have a high school diploma or GED on file before the fall semester begins,
  • be 18 to 24 years of age
  • complete the acceptance criteria provided by FBF staff, and
  • attend mandatory FBF new student orientation.