The MAPS mission is to increase the number of California’s former foster youth who are successful in applying to advanced degree programs. MAPS stands for Mentoring for Advanced and Professional Success and the organization is primarily focused on mentoring at the critical point of application preparation. MAPS is also developing classes, information sessions and seminars that will help young adults with lived experience in foster care understand what kind of career opportunities are available with a graduate or professional degree and how they can become competitive applicants.
MAPS volunteer mentors are established professionals, including business analysts, professors, teachers, social workers, lawyers, counselors, college advisors and dentists. Our mentors are well aware of the educational adversity faced by young adults with a background in foster care because they share that experience.
MAPS is coordinated by Sylvia Sensiper, PhD and Arnice St.Remy, MS, experienced administrators who work with the mentors and provide classes and support. The mentors provide the one-on-one coaching for prospective students and also form an advisory committee that will develop processes and protocols as the organization grows. Additionally, MAPS has enlisted the help of a group of professional affiliates who can share their knowledge about specific degrees or programs during a career conversation with a prospective student, but do not have the time to mentor.
MAPS is a sponsored project of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI) located in Oakland, California. MFEI is a 501 (c) 3 and is committed to improving the educational outcomes and opportunities for students in their city’s public schools. MFEI provides administrative support for MAPS and is a fiscal sponsor for other projects as well. More information about MFEI can be found on their website: https://www.marcusfoster.org/