Fostering Panther Pride

Empowering Students to Reach New Heights!

Florida International University's Fostering Panther Pride (FPP) program offers tailored academic and other support services to undergraduate students identified as former foster youth or homeless.

Launched in 2013, the primary goal of FPP is to assist former foster youth and homeless students in their transition to FIU, their retention and graduation, and their pursuit of securing employment or graduate school upon receiving their Bachelor’s degree.

FPP Tailored Academic & Support Services:

  • Processing DCF or Homeless Waiver.
  • Securing housing on or off-campus.
  • Navigating University policies/procedures pertaining to admissions, financial aid, registration, housing.
  • Referrals to FIU resources (academic advising, tutoring, counseling services, career services, and internships.)
  • Linkages to community partners such as Homeless Helpline, Educate Tomorrow, Handy, etc.
  • Addressing other issues that may hinder a student’s educational goals.

FPP Components:

  • Success Coach: to serve as the contact person to provide students with a support system and help them navigate the university’s resources. The Success Coach will be responsible for organizing customized outreach focused on financial aid, study skills, internships and other services that will assist students in graduating with an FIU degree.
  • Mentoring Program: students will be assigned a trained mentor to help guide them through their undergraduate journey.
  • Research: FFP will help FIU faculty identify best practices to assist the population of homeless and foster care youth, producing a replicable model for other communities.


Ana I Ramos, MSW, RCSWI
Office of Student Access and Success
Program Director, Fostering Panther Pride 
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street, SASC 213