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Foster Youth & Foster Alumni: Independent Youth Initiative (IYI)

Cincinnati State resources for foster youth & foster alumni as part of the college's Independent Youth Initiative (IYI).

Getting Connected at Cincinnati State

Counselor Neisha WileyWe are excited that you are either a current student or that you are considering attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. We look forward to hearing from you! To make a referral please email Neisha Wiley, your first person of contact at  or schedule an appointment by calling 513.569.1603.

If you have questions regarding areas of service, please contact those who have been designated on your team in those respective areas. Contact information is available on the "Your IYI Team Contacts" page.


Focus & Mission

The Cincinnati State Independent Youth Initiative (IYI) Team places value in partnering with students who have had some form of experience with the foster care system who have identified Cincinnati State as their school of choice. We are committed to using a hands-on approach to create and build a road map to achieving academic success at Cincinnati State.

To ensure the success of our students the goals of the IYI Team include:

  • Creating an environment of engagement of current and prospective students through exposing students to career exploration and first year experience courses (FYE).
  • Pairing students with support services offered on campus, and connecting them with community resources as needed.

In efforts to retain our students, we have created a streamlined approach to the initial services that students will receive once they have identified Cincinnati State as their school of choice.  These services include: “Get There” sessions through admissions, financial aid assistance, pre-compass boot camp classes, Surge advising sessions, registration assistance, and career counseling.

Strengthening partnerships between education, child welfare, and court systems is recognized as essential to improving the education and life outcomes of students impacted by foster care. This initiative was created from Cincinnati State’s Strategic Plan Goal #2 Expanding Our Outreach special population, Foster Youth.

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Phone: 513.569.1606
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