Helping Foster Youth go to college

UFC Education Programs

The current dismal outcomes for foster kids relative to education can be changed.

Poor educational outcomes are a major factor in the lack of success foster youth experience in their transition out of care. By preparing more foster youth to graduate from high school (College Readiness) and attend and graduate from four-year colleges (College Sponsorship), UFC is dramatically increasing their chances for success.

College Readiness

Consistent relationships with adults who care about their education will help foster kids in grades
7-12 succeed academically. 

You can move homes many times, but no one can take your education away. College Readiness follows students through home and school placement changes over a six year period. As the average California foster youth experiences at least three placement changes during their time in foster care, this component is key to their success.

One-on-one Relationship

Relationships with UFC staff members serve as the source of consistent support which many foster youth lack in their lives. The college counselors not only act as mentors and advisors to each student, but empower the youth to advocate for themselves. This support extends to caregivers as well who can benefit from workshops and activities focused on creating a college-bound atmosphere in their home.  Counselors will follow students through placement changes and changes in their foster care status.  Once students join the program, they remain in the program.

Academic Preparation

Students attend monthly weekend workshops that provide the essential information to create a clear path to college.  College counselors work with students to help them set academic and personal goals and create an academic plan to meet those goals. Students are provided with supplemental services that may include, tutoring, SAT preparation, and referrals to other services.

Educational Advocacy

Counselors will work with youth to provide educational advocacy in areas surrounding IEPs, TILPs and TDMs in addition to coordinating access to support services with CSWs.

Workshops & College Tours

Through workshops and tours of local college campuses, students are exposed to college and career options, cultural awareness and academic skill building. These bi-monthly activities and events help keep students engaged and excited about the college-going process.

Enrichment Activities

A host of summer programs and unique activities are offered to the youth to encourage their personal development. UFC’s Career Department helps students secure internships, employment and leadership/community service opportunities as they progress through high school. Engaging volunteers from the corporate and professional communities is also critical to helping to increase the exposure of career opportunities to our students.

College Within Reach

UFC’s annual college preparatory event provides students with a variety of workshops tailored to specific grade levels and a college resource fair which allows students to meet college representatives from across the country and learn about specific available resources.

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Long-Term Consistent Support

College Readiness follows students through home and school placement changes over a six-year period. As most foster youth change placements an average of three times per year, this component is key to their success.

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UFC Outcomes

vs. General Outcomes for Foster Youth

100% of UFC College Readiness Students
in our program 4+ years graduate from high school

50% of foster youth
do not graduate from high school

70% of UFC College Sponsorship Students
graduate from college

13% of foster youth
attend college and less than 1% graduate


Expansion Update: Education

  • Service Area 1:
    North Los Angeles, Pasadena, Altadena, Sylmar, Pacoima, Granada Hills, West Covina, La Puente, Whittier
  • Service Area 2:
    South and Central Los Angeles, Inglewood
  • Service Area 3:
    Gardena, Hawthorne, Compton, Carson
  • Service Area 4:
    Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount, Downey, Santa Fe Springs, Lakewood, Norwalk, South Gate

Giving Back

Caring for others and giving back to the community is key to the success of our program youth.

  • College Readiness students participate in Big Sunday's Day of Volunteering
  • Students help others in need by volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Past Events

College Readiness Holiday Party

College Readiness staff members and program youth gathered with their families at Ros...

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Food Bank Volunteer Day

Committed to their civic responsibility, College Readiness students volunteered at th...

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College Admissions Bootcamp

College Readiness Program  seniors geared up for the college application process by ...

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College Readiness Retreat

While enjoying the beautiful Santa Monica mountains and the refreshing coastal breeze...

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D.C. Close Up Trip

Five College Readiness Program students and UFC staff traveled to Washington, D.C. to...

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