Great Expectations

The Great Expectations program helps current and former foster youth transition into college. Great Expectations provides participants with support and information on applying to Germanna, being a successful student, and planning for life after college. Great Expectations students receive one-on-one mentoring, attend workshops and training, and participate in social activities.

Great Expectations is a statewide program that was founded in 2008. The mission of the program is to help Virginia’s foster youth complete high school, gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to living independently.

VCCS Great Expectation website.


Frequently asked questions

  • Who is eligible for Great Expectations?

    Who is eligible for Great Expectations?

    Current and former foster youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible to join the Great Expectations program at Germanna. Youth adopted from Virginia foster care after age 13, or at any age in a special needs adoption, are also eligible.

    Do you know someone who would benefit from joining Great Expectations?

    Please fill out this referral form

  • What are the benefits of Great Expectations?

    What are the benefits of Great Expectations?

    Great Expectations builds a bridge to college success! Here are a few benefits of joining Great Expectations:

    • Guidance in making college and career choices
    • Coaching on Germanna’s student support services
    • Support for overcoming barriers to success including housing, financial hardship, and employment
    • Monthly dinners and group events
    • Scholarship opportunities
    • One-on-one mentoring

Germanna student mentoring program

How do I become a student mentor?

  1. You should submit the mentor application and two letters of recommendation to Great Expectations Coach.
  2. If selected after an interview, you will be required to attend a training session and complete any assignments involved with that training.
  3. You will be required to communicate with your mentee for a minimum of one year.
  4. You will be required to submit monthly communication logs to the Great Expectations Coach.

Questions and information

For more information please contact:

Taylor Landrie
(540) 834 – 1066
tlandrie@germanna.edu
Fredericksburg Campus, SP1-203A

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