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Fostering Your Success (FYS) at CCAC

Our Mission:

To provide a welcoming, supportive environment for students with experiences in foster care settings, group home settings, kinship care and emancipation.

Why become an FYS Scholar?

For FYS Scholars, we provide:

  • A caring mentor for one-on-one support
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Help with groceries
  • Guidance when building your class schedule
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Career exploration
  • And help setting and achieving academic and life goals

When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll receive:

  • Recognition at the annual Student Life banquet
  • A letter of recommendation from your mentor for scholarships, transferring, or future employers
  • Your cap and gown paid for by FYS


Kaya C., FYS mentee

Meet one of our scholars

Kaya C.

Liberal Arts and Sciences major

“As a mentee of FYS, I gained hope and the extra support I needed to navigate college as a nontraditional student with a complex high school experience.  Former and current foster youth should join FYS, as I found that the program acts as a safety net for those who are more likely to slip through the cracks, gives foster youth a support system that they often lack, and provides an atmosphere for foster youth where they can engage with people they can connect with and relate to. I was also given the opportunity to use my experience to better the outcomes of foster youth, as I attended panels in which my foster care experience and my recommendations to better the outcomes of foster youth were perceived as expert testimony.  This gave me a boost in my self-worth and helped me realize how I can make good use out of a bad experience.  Overall, FYS empowers students and encourages those who have statistical odds stacked against them, to govern their possibilities.”


Interested in joining FYS?

Make an appointment with an FYS mentor today!

Amy Sosanko, a student success coach, smiling

Academic Advisor
South Campus

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Amy Sosanko is an Academic Advisor at CCAC. As an advisor, she helps students create class schedules with their life responsibilities and career goals in mind.  Amy was a first-generation college student and she is passionate about helping students navigate the college environment.  She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Rainbow Alliance, the South Campus student organization to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies. 

Amy and her wife are often found at their local park with their two dogs: Carlos, the Boston Terrier and Dixie, the Beagle.  Amy is also a sewer and baker, and she loves to craft—especially if it involves glitter!

Steve Shaulis, the Career & Technical Education Director, smiling

Career & Technical Education Director
South Campus
Room BBB-453

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Hi, I’m Steve and I provide support to CCAC students in career-based programs like Nursing, CIT, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Engineering, and many more. I’m currently in an online master’s degree program through Penn State, so like many CCAC students, I need to balance and prioritize family, work, and school. I enjoy helping students do their best work by sharing my strategies, as well as what I’ve learned from other students and faculty over the years.

Darren Lesher, a Student Success Coach, smiling

Student Success Coach
South Campus

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Darren is a Student Success Coach at CCAC, working with students in developmental coursework on strategies like time management, goal setting, and developing a routine. He also works with students to support their basic needs like food and clothing by overseeing the South Campus Cupboard and Closet.

In his free time, Darren enjoys spending time with his family, and both watching and playing sports. Don’t fault him for his diehard love of all Philadelphia sports teams!