Why We're Here
Across the nation, over 400,000 children are placed in foster care because their families are unable to care for them. In California, for every 1,000 children, 5.8 enter foster care. 52% of foster youth attend schools that rank in the lowest 30%, only 50% will receive a high school diploma, and only 4% will earn a degree by age 26.
Youth currently or formerly in foster care face many challenges that impede their opportunities for higher education. For foster youth who make it to post secondary education, the challenges are often insurmountable without the intervention of caring campus professionals who serve as coaches and mentors.
The Guardian Scholars Program is committed to improving the educational outcomes for foster youth and former foster youth by providing services and support to meet their needs through transition, graduation, and post-graduate planning. We strive to maximize educational opportunities and university experiences through our comprehensive programs and holistic advising to help students achieve their academic and personal goals.