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Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 By UFC

Hannah is described by her counselor as caring and ambitious. She is currently a junior at Cal State University of Los Angeles and will graduate in the Spring of 2023. Recently, we’ve seen Hannah’s caring heart and passion for her peers in action. As part of a group assignment, Hannah spearheaded a project to donate …

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 By UFC

Our amazing NextGen Board made time to put together 50 candy leis for our 2022 middle and high school graduates! This was a sweet donation from NextGen Co-Chair Lauren Fujiu-Berger, who provided the candy and materials. This allowed us to use all the generous donations from Molina Healthcare to give each graduate a gift card …

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 By UFC

On May 24th, together with TwinSpire and California Youth Connection, we held a wonderful panel conversation in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month. The discussion focused on difficulties youth face when they emancipate foster care and transition into college. Panelists shared some vulnerable and encouraging stories that inspired us at UFC to continue advocating for …

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 By UFC

Our June Hero of the Month is Anastasia Soare, the Founder, CEO, and driving force behind Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics. After immigrating to the U.S. from Romania without language skills or financial means, her drive, dedication, and unique vision motivated her to become an entrepreneur and start Anastasia Beverly Hills. Since 2010, Anastasia has supported …

Monday, May 2nd, 2022 By UFC

A recent report by John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) shows that while nearly 88 percent of foster youth indicate a desire to attend college, more than half don’t receive enough assistance with college planning. Senate Bill 12 was adopted on January 1, 2018, to address this concern and the low college completion rate amongst …

Monday, May 2nd, 2022 By UFC

On April 21st, United Friends hosted their annual College and Career Day for scholars in the Education Program. The virtual event allowed young people to explore career interests and discover new potential passions. Volunteers, including partner organizations, NextGen board members, and UFC Alumni, joined the event as panelists to share their college journeys and stories about …

Monday, May 2nd, 2022 By UFC

Meet Daniel, one of our education scholars. A couple of years ago, when Daniel was in the 8th grade, we helped set him up to receive continuous tutoring services. Over the past two years, these services have made a tremendous impact on his academic success!

When Daniel started tutoring, he was not performing at grade level …

Monday, May 2nd, 2022 By UFC

Our May Hero of the Month is Dr. William Franklin! Currently, the Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Dr. Franklin has been instrumental in securing grants to design and implement several student success initiatives for low-income, first-generation students. He has also played a considerable role in helping UFC students face their emotional …

Friday, March 25th, 2022 By UFC

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are excited to highlight Sarah Christian, co-chair of the United Friends of the Children NextGen Board. 

Sarah, who is also a partner at Gilbert & Stern LLP, first connected with UFC through volunteering with the Junior League of Los Angeles, a women’s training and volunteer organization where she currently …

Friday, March 25th, 2022 By UFC

Recently our housing program held a “Banking 101” life skills workshop led by the Center for Financial Empowerment, a non-profit with a mission to improve young lives through financial education. Our housing youth learned about the differences between credit unions and traditional banks, how to open a bank account, and the importance of starting to …