Former foster youth in college have overcome significant barriers to get where they are. Even so, they lack the traditional support that many of their non-foster peers have had growing up in a stable family environment. A supportive community can help them stay in school, graduate, and transition smoothly to life after college.
what we're doing
We're partnering with several nonprofit organizations to run a supportive housing program near UCLA for 50 college students who are former foster youth and/or at risk of experiencing homelessness. We're connecting them to resources and providing a variety of engagement and mentoring opportunities – cooking lessons, art, gardening, game and movie nights, hiking, museums and cultural experiences, exploring Los Angeles – to foster a community in which they can learn, grow, and thrive.