The history of the event

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We Recognize the Obstacles Foster Youth Overcome to Graduate From High School:

  1. 1.Only 50% of foster youth will graduate from high school

  2. 2.35% of foster youth experience four or more changes in school placements

  3. 3.70% of foster youth want to attend college

  4. 4.1 out of every 10 foster youth will enroll in college

  5. 5.1 out of every 100 foster youth  will graduate from college

Some of the most disturbing national statistics regarding youth in foster care could be remedied by a solid college education and community support from programs like Celebration of Excellence.

Nationally, only 50% of foster youth finish high school. Many have been in foster care for all or most of their lives, increasing the risk of poor outcomes due to a lack of a stable family environment that promotes education, teaches daily living skills, and encourages attendance in school.

Celebration of Excellence History

1st Graduation Event: 1993

1st Celebration Chairs: Aundria Cheevers (Child Investigator) and Dorothy Murphy (Attorney)

Purpose for Event: Celebrate the educational achievements of a small group of foster youth in Dekalb County graduating from high school and college.

No. of Graduates in 1993: 20

1st Corporate Sponsor: Avon

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Fox Theater

June 2005 - 2006

Georgia Tech

June 2007 - 2008

Georgia State Rialto Theater

June 2009 - 2013

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Celebration of Excellence Founding Chairs Honored During the 2010 Celebration of Excellence

University of Georgia 2010 College Graduate
 Mason McFalls beat the odds!

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