Empowering looked after children through education


learn more about First Star - meet our Guardian Scholars and find about the programmes

We are First Star

First Star is a national children’s charity dedicated to improving outcomes for young people growing up in care. It was founded on an ambitious and aspirational approach to helping some of our most disadvantaged young people access higher education. The First Star programme encourages and empowers young people from care backgrounds to believe they belong in higher education.



First Star improves the lives of Looked-after Children and Young People by partnering with universities to ensure looked-after young people have the academic, life skills, and adult support needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood

Great Staff

"I joined for a better education, a better start and that’s what the programme has given me."
Guardian Scholar Cain
UK Programmes
3 %
In training or employment
0 %
Passed GCSEs at grade 5
0 %
Percentage progressing to HE
"Join because these people here are not just people on a programme, they are my friend’s family and siblings now. I love them with all my heart we’ve been through it all they’ve seen me laugh they’ve seen me cry we’ve seen each other cry. Being here is all about knocking down walls, building bonds, mental health it helped everything for me." Guardian Scholar Khushi

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