Mentorship Access Guidance in College (MAGIC)

MAGIC is a campus based support program that exists to increase the graduation rates among students who have experienced foster care or homelessness by removing barriers that interfere with academic success and the process of becoming an interdependent adult.

Are you a youth experiencing foster care interested in college? Are you looking for a school that offers support services for youth like yourself?
Are you an EMU student and alumni of foster care? Or an EMU student currently experiencing homelessness? 
Come join us at the MAGIC office. A real place that offers real support so that you can be your best and most successful self!

Students interested in applying to the MAGIC program should contact a member of the MAGIC staff to set up an appointment. 

If you have questions, contact us or see our FAQ page.

What MAGIC Offers

Mentorship

  • 24/7 individual coaching support
  • Help connecting to a mentor and support network
  • Connection to students from similar backgrounds
  • Opportunities for student leadership and engagement
  • Participation in statewide and national networking events
  • A program model which emphasizes interdependence over independence

Access

  • Students have access to university liaisons to help navigate questions and concerns
  • Educational and employment opportunities
  • Assistance applying for scholarships, resources and career-related opportunities 
  • Emergency financial assistance for active participants
  • Campus and community resources 

Guidance in College

  • Personal, professional and academic support
  • Monthly Life Skills Workshops
  • Assistance navigating campus and community life
  • Financial literacy and support

Advocacy, Awareness, and Training

MAGIC staff members are experts when it comes to supporting students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. MAGIC representatives are available for professional speaking engagements, tabling events, student/staff panels, and presentations on a variety of topics including but not limited to: 

  • Authentic student engagement
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Non-profit management
  • Campus based support program development
  • Mentorship training
  • Cultural competency vs. cultural humility 
  • The impact of foster care and/or homelessness on students
  • The impact of trauma on student achievement
  • An introduction to resources available to alumni of foster care
  • ... and more

For outreach opportunities, please contact Le'Shay Webb at lwebb18@emich.edu.

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