Foster Youth Coaching: Pathways to
Academic and Career Exploration to Success

The Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES) program serves New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholar-eligible adolescents between the ages of 16-21 as they transition out of high school in the following counties: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.

PACES Coaches

Blue Circle - Anika Bedford

Anika Beckford

Region 2
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties)

Blue Circle - Angela Fox

Angela Fox

Region 2
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties)

Blue Circle - Kisa

Rickisa Owens

Region 2
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties)

Brittany Hill

Brittany Hill

Region 3
(Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties)

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Vacant

Region 3
(Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties)

Develop

This foster youth coaching program focuses on adolescents’ educational and employment development, as coaches assist each adolescent in decision-making processes, soft skill development and direct assistance during the college application and job application processes.

Educate

The program also provides: Direct access in finding scholarships and understanding financial aid, support in completing the FAFSA, post-secondary applications and job applications, education and career planning for high school students and support to current adolescents seeking post-secondary education.

Connect

PACES also provides connections to county-based education and employment resources and networks, events, workshops, and experiences to assist in the adolescent’s transition into adulthood, advocacy and support and general technical assistance.

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Founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1974, embrella, formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services, serves foster, adoptive and kinship parents in communities throughout NJ. We provide services, support and training opportunities for foster, adoptive and kinship families. We help foster children by offering programs to support them from childhood to young adulthood.