The Fostering Success (FS) Coach Training is designed for professionals who are working with students and youth who have experienced foster care or adverse childhood experiences. Training participants learn a practical coaching framework that includes strategies to partner with students, building knowledge and skills that support successful degree completion and transition to meaningful career. 

The Fostering Success Coach Model can be applied as a full program of support or adapted as a core skill set for educational advisors, educational mentors, and other professionals providing support to young people. A set of sequential trainings provide instruction, practice, and expert feedback to professionals interested in incorporating coaching techniques into their work with students.


About Us

Our Vision:

The Fostering Success Coach Training will train professionals in the Fostering Success Coach Model in order to increase national rates of post-secondary education access, success, and graduation among students who have experienced foster care.

Program History:

​The Fostering Success Coach Model was developed within the Seita Scholars Program, a campus support program for students from foster care at Western Michigan University. Development of the model began in 2008 and evolved over time by partnering with students who shared their experiences of attending college after time spent in foster care. The model developers sought to ground their understanding of these student experiences in the most recent theory and research available, refined it by internal program evaluation, and shaped it by clinical-level scrutiny. In 2013 the FS Coach Training, which teaches professionals the Fostering Success Coaching Model, was piloted with over 50 professionals in Michigan; since then over 400 professionals across the country have been trained as Fostering Success Coaches.

Program Goals:

1. Increase availability of high quality resources and expert training for professionals who are supporting students from foster care in educational settings.

2. Increase numbers of trained, skilled professionals providing integrative support to youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences through the implementation of the Fostering Success Coaching Model.

3. Increase numbers of youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences earning post-secondary degrees and becoming professionally employed.

4. Create a strong and enduring networks addressing needs of youth and alumni of foster care in relation to higher education and career.

Senior Trainer, ICF Certified

Jamie Bennett

St. Pete Beach, FL

Coach Model Developer

Dr. Yvonne Unrau

Kalamazoo, MI

Associate Trainer, ICF Certified

Ronicka Hamilton

Kalamazoo, MI

Coach Training Coordinator

Mallory Sellers

Kalamazoo, MI


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Upcoming Trainings

Training Details

Level I introduces the core infrastructure of the Fostering Success Coach Model, including the seven core principles and three practice elements. This training focuses on building a strong conceptual foundation for working with youth, and provides a practice skill set for working with students from foster care.

Highlights include:

  • Learn the seven core principles of the Fostering Success Coaching Model philosophy of action: interdependent relationships, cultural humility, learner centered, teaching in real time, skill-based asset development, network development, and empowerment evaluation.

  • Learn how to assess, prioritize, and teach, the three practice steps of the Fostering Success Coaching Model, in partnership with students.

  • Learn how to use coaching skills to develop partnered relationships and teach skills to support college success and career transition.

Cost: $849 per person

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