Pathway for Academic Stability and Success (PASS)

University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work

Phone: 502-852.3396

Fax: 502-852.2921










Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the overall purpose of the Jefferson County, Kentucky’s Pathway for Academic Stability and Success (PASS) demonstration project is to promote academic stability and success of foster youth in 6th thru 8th grade at risk for dropping out of school in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

PASS Project Goals

By the end of the 2 - year Project:

  • Serve 100 Middle School Youth in out-of-home care
  • Train 100 school and child welfare personnel, Foster Parents and youth
    • To date the following have received training: 40 Foster Parents, 56 Educators, 59 DCBS workers and 6 foster youth
    • Improve the academic stability and success of foster youth in Middle School
    • Serve as a model site for other regions seeking to develop similar educational stability programs

    PASS Project Activities

    1. Identify local infrastructure and service needs to promote academic stability and success among foster youth in middle school.
    2. Track and assess the educational needs of the youth, advocate and coordinate services (Educational Navigators)
    3. Assess and develop a collaboration between agencies that work with foster youth
    4. Conduct training and education of professionals in mental health, social services, school systems, and foster parents to increase their knowledge and expertise.

    Who We Serve

    Middle school students (youth in grades 6th - 8th) who are experiencing their first placement in out-of-home care.

    Milestones & Accomplishments

    • Two-year federal grant project funded by DHHS (April 12, 2012)
    • Operations began on October 1, 2012
    • Created a Steering Committee and began monthly check-ins
    • 82 youth referred since inception
    • Have reached out to youth in 22 area schools
    • Building ongoing rapport with youth and families through school and home visits
    • Advocating for trauma-informed care for these youth
    • Provided “Smart Talk . . . Talk Smart” (a U of L developed curriculum on enhancing positive relationships) to 6 PASS participants

      PASS Partners
      PASS Faculty and Staff

      Department for Community Based Services

      Dr. Bibhuti Sar, Principal Investigator

      Jefferson County Family Court

      Dr. Becky Antle, Evaluator

      Jefferson County Public Schools

      Dr. Crystal Collins-Camargo, Associate Professor and Co-Principal Investigator

      Family and Children’s Place

      Dr. Emma Sterrett, Assistant Professor and Co-Principal Investigator

      Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

      Jenny Taylor, Research Manager

      Louisville Metro Health DepartmentPam Ratcliffe, Research Manager
      Kris Bass, PASS Kent School of Social Work MSW Practicum Student

      PASS Information

      Questions can be directed to:

      EMAIL: Jenny Taylor , LCSW, Research Manager

      PHONE: 502.852.3396