Unique Philly School Engages, Educates Students In Foster Care System

Michelle Durham
April 22, 2018 - 2:45 am
CB Community Schools

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There is a very special high school in Philadelphia. It is the only private institution in the nation that exclusively educates teens in the foster care system. They are hoping for additional funding to help more kids.

CB Community Schools Founder Roberta Trombetta says her school is about giving kids in the foster care system an opportunity to get back to school and gather the skills for success after graduation...but the odds are stacked against them.

"Only 50 percent living in foster care graduate from high school," Trombetta said. "In Philadelphia there are only 30 percent."

The school is the only family many of these kids know.

"The teachers understand and help you out," said 18-year-old Amun Jones-Buy. "Ms. Trombetta has helped me to get to the place I am at now."

Trombetta says that Amun has been in foster care for most of his life.

"One of the things we first noticed was that he had a problem with his hip. Our team worked with doctors and we got the hip replacement," Trombetta said. "Now he's going to college. His first choice was Cabrini."

Amun now wants to be a surgeon.

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