Foster Youth Support
What is the Guardian Scholars Program?
The Los Angeles Pierce College Guardian Scholars Program is designed as a one-stop center to support current and former foster youth achieve their educational goals to either complete a Certificate, Associates Degree or Transfer to a University.
- Be a current or former foster youth (former foster youths were dependents or wards of the court at any time after age 13)
- Admitted to Los Angeles Pierce College as a regular student
- Complete a Guardian Scholars application packet and submit to the Financial Aid Office
- Attend a Guardian Scholars Program Orientation
- Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CA Dream Application
- Apply for the Chafee Grant, if applicable
The Guardian Scholars Program provides the following services:
- Designated Guardian Scholars staff in the Los Angeles Pierce College Financial Aid Office
- Assist with the College Admissions Application
- Assist with the Matriculation process: Assessment, Orientation and Counseling
- Designated Guardian Scholars Counselors to develop an educational plan. Schedule a counseling appointment at email@example.com
- Assistance in completing the Financial Aid & Chafee applications
- Determine eligibility for the CAFYES program
- Referral to other support services such as Special Services, Tutoring, Bookstore and Transfer Center
- Life skills workshops including transfer process, budgeting/money management, health and employment readiness
Benefits for being active in the Guardian Scholars Program:
- Connect with John Burton Foundation to assist foster youths with the following resources:
- Book loaner program
- Backpack with books and supplies
- Critical needs fund
- Access to the Food Pantry
- Graduation cap and gown
- University tours
- California Ombudsman for Foster Care ensures that the voice of foster children and youth is heard and act on their behalf. Help Line (877) 846-1602.
- Independent Living Program for current or former foster youth/probation youth which provides important information and resources regarding ILP/Transitional Coordinators, housing, education, living skills, employment and legal assistance.
- The Alliance for Children's Rights
- iFoster: Life-changing resources for children and youth
- California College Pathways helping California's foster youth access higher education and reach their educational goals
- John Burton Foundation
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