C.B. Community Schools (CBCS) is the only high school in the nation dedicated to serving young people living in foster care. Established in 2015, the school serves 70 students, ages 14-21, who deal with significant emotional, physical and social challenges. It seeks to graduate students and prepare them for postsecondary success. At CBCS, every student receives a fully paid scholarship to attend. With a 90% graduation rate, CBCS has far surpassed the 65% national graduation rate for kids in foster care. The school seeks to improve students’ health and well-being by offering healthy food options, healthy cooking skills, and a garden program. Hands-on learning and service-learning projects seek to further engage students and build a stronger connection to what they eat, where food comes from, and the ways in which sustainable food systems can strengthen communities. Activities include the C.B. Cooks! Program, a community meal program with students and caregivers, and a community garden.
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