Former FCCS youth and Jack Donahue Scholarship winner Joshua Hatch graduated from Wright State University in December 2018. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and African-American studies. Joshua shared this milestone with his FCCS support team. He is pictured with his adoption caseworker Deric Cobb (left), FCCS mentor Christina Wilson (right) and youth transition services caseworker Kelly Stromer (second right).
While at Wright State, Joshua was involved in numerous leadership opportunities including, being an Independent Scholars Network (INS) Peer Mentor. The INS program provides support to former foster youth to help them be successful in their studies, become a real part of life on campus and stay in school. He also became a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and served as president of the Black Student Union.
He was also one of 25 youth who were selected to participate in the Foster Club All-Star Intern Program, a prestigious opportunity which allowed him to travel to Oregon to attend leadership and team building training, as well as participate in events throughout the country. These experiences gave him and fellow interns the opportunity to share their personal stories and insights with current and former foster youth, as well as youth advocates.
Always willing to give back, Joshua enjoys sharing his personal story and encouraging youth who are transitioning out of foster care. “I want them to know that they all have a place in life, regardless of their circumstances or history,” he said. “They can reach their goals.”
While exploring his future plans, which includes attending graduate school, Joshua continues to mentor and encourage other foster youth.