FYI: Ferris Youth Initiative

FYI: Ferris Youth Initiative Graduation

Woodbridge N. Ferris founded an institution of opportunity. Ferris State University has a long history of finding ways to help young people with limited resources obtain a top-flight education. We have proudly built on this history to create the Ferris Youth Initiative (FYI) to reach out to young people who are alumni of foster care. This initiative is one example of how our students, faculty, and staff continue to accept Mr. Ferris’ challenge “to make the world a better place.”


The FYI program positively impacts the lives of youth who are alumni of foster care and who attend Ferris State University. The program is designed to provide support and learning opportunities throughout the student’s academic career by incorporating academic success, character development, and positive approaches to their holistic well-being.


The Goals of the FYI program are:

  • to help FYI students successfully complete college degrees;

  • to provide dedicated academic guidance and support services;

  • to help build character and life skills in preparation for the world of work;

  • to provide specialized mentoring by faculty and staff; and

  • to help students develop effective coping strategies for greater confidence and success.

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