College preparation activities for foster youth

College Within Reach

College preparatory event for foster youth.

Open to all foster youth in L.A. County, College Within Reach offers workshops about the college admissions and financial aid process as well as a college and resource fair where students can meet college reps and learn about available resources. The entire day is tailored to youth in care with the goal of giving students the necessary tools and information to begin college planning with every chance for success.

Over 80% of youth say they are more likely to go to college because of this event.

Past Events

600 foster youth attend College Within Reach

Over 600 LA foster youth came together at USC to learn how to start and stay on the path to graduating from high school and going on to earn their degree. A great day was had by all who participated in the workshops, activities and seminars.

Prepping Kids For College

Over six hundred middle and high school aged foster youth attended our 13th annual College Within Reach event at the University of Southern California. Students, caregivers and service providers enjoyed a full day of college prep activities and workshops including a lunchtime college resource fair.

College Within Reach Held at USC

Presented by UFC in partnership with the USC School of Social Work, nearly 650 foster youth, caregivers, service providers, college representatives, volunteers and staff attended the 12th annual college preparatory event, held at USC on Saturday, September 24.

College Within Reach Held at Pepperdine University

UFC hosted its 11th annual college preparatory event at Pepperdine University. Foster youth, caregivers and service providers enjoyed a full day of activities and workshops dedicated to getting youth on the college track. Students learned about the college application process, interacted with current college scholars and alumni, and participated in interactive workshops. Guests also enjoyed hearing from Host, Collins Pennie, who was able to overcome the challenges he faced in foster care to achieve his goals and become a Hollywood star.

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Save the Date

College Within Reach

September 17, 2016 - University of Southern California

17th annual college preparatory event 

UFC has partnered again with the USC School of Social Work to help foster youth get on the path to college. Open to 6-12 grade students living in foster care or emancipated foster youth, as well as caregivers and social workers.

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In the News

College Within Reach

Foster Youth Urged to Attend College
USC School of Social Work - December 4, 2009

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College Within Reach

School Hosts College Event for Los Angeles Foster Youth
USC School of Social Work - November 3, 2009

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