Foster Youth Support

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.

Are you ready to start your college journey?

Join the Great Expectations program at Germanna


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.

Program Benefits

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

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Counseling Services

Fredericksburg Campus

Locust Grove Campus


Germanna Cares

  • We care about you. If you need help, contact the Germanna Cares team for emergency assistance, food pantry access, and referrals to community resources.

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