California Community College System Expands Foster Youth Support Program
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
For foster care youth, college can be elusive. About 20 percent of foster kids who graduate from high school end up going to college, compared with 60 percent of high school graduates overall. For those who do make it, their journey is often punctuated by a series of stops and starts.
Some states and institutions are stepping up efforts to give them more guidance and support. In California, the expansion of the NextUp program to 15 additional California community colleges will help new host institutions promote foster youth's academic success in higher education. The effort will provide personalized support and services, including educational planning, emergency housing assistance, food assistance, financial literacy counseling, and career guidance.