Helpful Programs

Two new resources are now available to assist foster youth to plan for college!

Information about transferring credits from a public California community college to a public California university.

The Guardian Scholars program is available at several schools throughout California. The program offers financial aid, housing assistance, personal guidance and more for a selected group of former foster youth. 

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

This program serves young people in grades six through twelve. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admission requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs.

To identify qualified disadvantaged youths with potential for postsecondary education; to encourage them in completing secondary school and in enrolling in programs of postsecondary education; to publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial aid; and to increase the number of secondary and postsecondary school dropouts who reenter and complete an educational program.

This is a long-standing federal program designed to assist low-income students in preparing for, enrolling in, and succeeding in college. Projects are hosted primarily by four-year colleges and offer academic courses throughout the school year and during an intensive six-week summer session often held on a college campus. 

EOPS is a program that is offered at every public college. They help people who face barriers in economics, language and disabilities accomplish their educational goals. They offer academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services.

This is a program that is at many colleges to help students with disabilities (including mental illness) accomplish their educational goals. They can offer classes, assessments and other support in order to overcome many educational barriers.

This program is for low-income, first generation and unrrepresented studetns in higher education. The program offers services such as tutoring, information about college admissio requirements, courses of study, cost, financial aid opportunities, individual, group, and peer counseling to help students enter and successfully complete college. creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


Additional Resources

You can use the My Education Plan in the Lifebook to help you develop the steps to help you achieve your goals.   

This website lets you put in your criteria (location, 4-year/2-year preference, etc.), then narrows down your search. It also gives you great information about each school (information about available loans, school size, majors offered, etc.). Very easy to use.

This website helps you to start your preparation for college. It talks about why you should go to college and how you can get there. It has interactive videos and tons of great information on different schools, financial aid, applications, testing, etc.

The LSU Student Financial Management Center  (SFMC) is committed to helping students create and maintain financially responsible behaviors by providing resources and educational opportunities.

The goal of this site is to provide high school students with current, relevant information and unique insights on college admissions and college life.

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities.

Get information on SAT and SAT subject tests, find colleges, learn about financial aid, and get application help. 

Get the inside scoop about anything you ever wanted to know about college here. 

The purpose of this site is to prepare juniors and rising seniors for their college application process.  It is a self-reflective process so that students will have the opportunity to know more about themselves, and what they are looking for in a college experience.

UCSB's Career Center provides free handouts on majors, careers, resources, and other helpful information for students.

Visit this website if you need advice or resources on careers and/or assessments. 

Study Skills

This article from US News & World Report “Top 10 Secrets of College Success” outlines the way college students can soar to the top of the class. Don’t let nerves get the best of you. Set out to succeed, make a plan and stick to it. The 10 tips in the article are a good starting point. 

GED exam preparation classes are designed for students who are 18 years of age or older who wish to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Students are given instruction in the basic skills needed, and have the opportunity to take practice tests that will help them successfully complete all GED exams.

Struggling in school? Confused about something that the teacher didn't efficiently cover? Check out Khan Academy to learn about topics in Math, Science, Economics and Finance, Humanities, Computer Programming!

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