Webinars Supporting FS Youth
FSYF is pleased to offer a series of webinars on topic important to FS youth. Working closely with experts in the field we explore issues that are important to FS youth and their families.
March College Webinar Series 2022:
Many families assume they earn too much or have too many assets to access financial aid. The reality: families earning six figures receive financial awards and pay less for college. To get this money, you need to understand the rules of the financial aid system and college-specific policies well before senior year.
In this one-hour workshop, Paul Martin of College Money Method will provide you with the information you need to:
- Understand how colleges make financial decisions for families of all backgrounds
- Evaluate the best financial aid options for your financial situation
- Take actions now to increase your financial aid awards
Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside knowledge on the financial aid process and to qualify for the most money to pay for college.
Paul Martin is founder of College Money Method, a financial advisory focused on helping families with college affordability and the financial aid process. A graduate of Harvard and MIT, his passion for this work stems from his own experience going through it alone as a first-generation college student. He partners with private and public schools to provide education and resources on financial aid and paying for college to students and families of all economic backgrounds
Paul is member of the National College Advocacy Group, a non-profit comprised of financial planners focusing on college access and affordability. He is also the President of First-Generation Harvard Alumni and the Founder of First-Generation Alumni of MIT, two organizations that offer mentorship to first-generation students as they trailblaze through college.
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2021 College Workshop for Parents and Teens
This workshop usually takes place in person every year in the DC area. Due to COVID we went virtual! In this webinar you will learn:
Must watch video about how to make a Kid Vid! Maureen Johnston, Kid Vid Contest Coordinator for over 20 (!!) years and fellow TCK's spill all the secrets, tips and best practices about how to make the best video of yourpost and possibly win!
Raising a family in the Foreign Service comes with both amazing opportunities and unique challenges. Join FSYF and Laura Banks for this webinar on gratitude and learn about the benefits of practicing gratitude and its connection to well-being and resilience. We will explore some science, stories, and simple practices which integrate gratitude into day-to-day moments and the fabric of our lives. Cultivating gratitude can help us savor the highs and navigate the lows of this career and lifestyle, becoming an enduring personal and family strength. An abiding sense of gratitude can re-frame difficult experiences from the past, resource us in the present moment, and open us up to future possibilities.
Webinar: Transition Planning for FS Families who have Children with a Disability
In April, FSYF partnered with the ARC of Northern Virginia to a host a workshop/webinar on transition planning for FS families who have a child with a disability. This workshop was targeted to families who need to plan for the future even though they may not know where they will eventually reside. This workshop discussed issues related to future planning including where to access resources; special needs trusts, decision making options once your child turns 18, and Social Security Benefits. Recorded on April 6, 2019
Webinar: Child Protection in International Schools - What every parent needs to know
Recorded on January 23, 2020
Join FSYF and Dr. Christine Brown from the Office of Overseas Schools and Laurie Tasharski, MEd , Director, Global Educator Centre for Excellence and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children for this webinar focused on keeping our children safe in the overseas school environment. The focus of the webinar is to help parents learn what questions to ask about child protection. They will also spend some time identifying what good child protection policies look like on paper and in practice.
Webinar: Helping Children Manage Strong Emotions
Recorded on February 2, 2019
This session was for kids in elementary school and focused on learning breathing and sensory-based strategies to help them respond to strong emotions. It was led by Katie Fowle, a highly experienced international educator who run the organization Social Emotional Learning for TCKids. Click here to watch the webinar.
Webinar: Supporting a "Good" Goodbye
Recorded on May 22, 2019
FSYF Executive Director Jennifer Jafari and Katie Fowle with Social Emotional Learning for TCKids hosted a webinar on how to support kids in transition. This session was for parents and focused on encouraging a "good" goodbye. The session explored strategies for kids of all ages. Click here to watch the video.