Current and former foster youth face a unique set of challenges when it comes to succeeding in college. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are addressing those challenges through the Foster Youth Success Initiative.

Launched in 2007, the Foster Youth Success Initiative is removing the barriers that current and former foster youth often find in college. Our focus includes expanding access to academic support services and resources to help current and former foster youth secure a certificate or degree or transfer to a four year-college or university.

Every community college campus has a foster youth liaison designated to help foster youth as part of the Foster Youth Success Initiative. These liaisons are dedicated professionals committed to doing all they can in helping current and former foster youth reach their goals. In addition, a statewide liaison based in Sacramento supports campus liaisons by organizing training sessions, regional events, statewide convenings, web-based orientations and more.

If you are a current or former foster youth, learn more by contacting a foster youth liaison to make sure you have all the tools needed to reach your goals.