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providing youth in foster care a custom plan to graduation and


Bright futures start here.
The TasselTurn platform empowers housing insecure and youth in foster care (whom we call Pioneers) to graduate high school accepted to college.
As featured in
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starting in high school, pioneers
use our platform
to receive:

Personal Educational Coaching
Online Courses and Tutoring
College Counseling
Career Exploration and Development
Young woman in a graduation cap and gown with her back to us.
“[TasselTurn] represents the power of working at the community level.”
Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj


Our Vision

more opportunities,
less limitations

We envision a world where all students have access to opportunities and information that will allow them to reach their post-secondary educational aspirations.

EVERY youth experiencing instability deserves to graduate high school and be connected to college, career, and community.


Students in our program attend college


Alumni college graduates
are gainfully employed
in careers

Change the narrative for foster care-involved youth

Education makes life better for foster care alumni.


Alumni college graduates
own a home


Alumni college graduates
no longer need
government assistance


Alumni college graduates
earn a liveable wage

Young boy sitting at a desk in front of a chalk board doing school work.


  • We improve transition outcomes for youth in care through an educational lens versus the standard clinical approach.
  • We live where street smarts meet book smarts, because that’s where our pioneers live, too.
Shanté Elliott, whose story intersects with foster care, was inspired on her journey to healing to start TasselTurn, to support other youth in care in realizing their potential.  

We're making
an impact

Now, more than ever, we need targeted and intentional solutions to change outcomes.

1:1 Support

We match pioneers with virtual education coaches who stick with them to ensure they graduate high school connected to a post-secondary opportunity.


In addition to 24/7 support, we offer online skill-building courses, tutoring, financial incentives, and direct connections to recruitment partners and programs at educational institutions.


improvement in
school attendance


re-enrollment rate

Discover how our platform works &

get involved.

Create a bold and enduring presence
in the lives of youth pioneers today.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email at info@tasselturn.org.
Thank you for your interest and support!