Fostering Bright Futures

The Fostering Bright Futures (FBF) program is a student success program that addresses the overwhelming need for a comprehensive support structure to assist our community's foster youth in making the transition from foster care to independent young adulthood.

The program seeks to identify and support young adults who have been served in the North Carolina foster care system and provide resources to eliminate barriers that would typically derail from them from meeting educational and life goals.

FBF and the Wake Tech Foundation are committed to the success of our students by doing the following:

  • Mentoring and supporting program participants in completing a diploma, certificate or degree at Wake Tech
  • 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
  • Helping program participants develop life skills and financial independence


To be eligible to participate in FBF, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • A legal resident of any North Carolina county 
  • 16 to 25 years of age at the time of entry
  • Accepted into Wake Tech
  • Accepted into Fostering Bright Futures between October 15 and February 15 each year
  • Have a high school diploma or GED on file before the fall semester begins
  • Complete the acceptance criteria provided by FBF staff
  • Attend mandatory FBF new student orientation.

Current Wake Tech students can reach out to the FBF staff about joining the program.

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

For more information, contact Sara Nelson at [email protected] or 919-532-5983, or submit a contact form to let us know how we can help you.