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UFC events and activities for foster youth
Events are held throughout the year for youth in our programs and other foster youth throughout Los Angeles. Check this section out to see what's been happening at UFC and what events are coming up.
250 youth, alumni, board members, and staff gathered at McCormick & Schmick's for a heartfelt evening of fun, food, friends and family togetherness. Dinner included a turkey carving station, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, chicken pot pies and seasonal veggies, as well as a spread of various desserts. Youth enjoyed the karaoke room and raffle for two iPads and children participated in arts and crafts. Youth, alumni and their children were all provided with various gifts including gift cards and "The Dark Knight Rises" dvd's. The most important part of the evening is the feeling of family and unity our program youth experience during the holidays but also throughout the year.
College Readiness staff members and program youth gathered with their families at Rosa Mexicana for some delicious Mexican food, honors, awards and laughs at their annual holiday party. Congrats to all of the students for a great semester!
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.
Congratulations to the over 135 Los Angeles foster youth graduating from high school and headed to college. These students were honored at Walt Disney Concert Hall in recognition of their academic achievements and enjoyed a special graduation ceremony hosted by Extra's Maria Menounos. The program also included a performance by musicians Jason Torres and Konstantin Grigoriou, keynote speakers Dee Hankins and Reverend Darryl Armstrong and was followed by a catered reception by Patina. UFC presented over 35 students with College Sponsorships to attend four-year universities across the country. A truly special night!!!
On Saturday, March 24 volunteers, board and community members gathered at Pathways in Whittier to plant for spring. Working with our Pathways residents, volunteers dug, cleared and planted blueberries, cucumbers and squash, as well as flowers and low-maintenance shrubs. The day included garden crafts, tours, and a delicious Greek-themed BBQ lunch prepared by celebrity chefs Jewels and Jill Elmore and our youth. Thanks to everyone who participated in this great day!
UFC staff, board members and youth, project partners, community residents and new tenants came together to celebrate the grand opening of The Palace, UFC's newest housing site in Long Beach. Guests enjoyed touring the property, meeting new residents and some of our Pathways alumni. The facility is comprised of thirteen studio apartments for former foster youth in UFC's Pathways Transitional Living Program, as well as a manager's unit, common areas, offices for program services, and retail space. The renovation of the historic Palace Hotel in Long Beach was made possible through a public/private partnership between United Friends of the Children, LINC Housing, The Long Beach Housing Development Company, and the City of Long Beach.
We appreciate all of the well wishes from people across the country interested in helping to support foster youth. You can make a difference right now by donating $10 to UFC from your mobile phone - text the message GIVE UFC to 80088 to help foster youth this holiday season.
Save the Date
College Within Reach
September 28, 2013 - University of Southern Calif.
134h 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.