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Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 By UFC

We want to give a special shout-out to the Junior League of Los Angeles for continuing to support our education program over the last year. JLLA provided scholarship support for two graduated seniors, Khalila and McKenna, and will assist with college applications in the fall. The JLLA team also supported our education team during Career …

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 By UFC

The job market is continuing to improve but is still difficult for some of our new college graduates. Scholars is partnering with Career Journeys to host a series of workshops and individual coaching sessions called “Navigating the Pandemic Job Market” for our college students. Scholars partnered with Career Journeys last summer and the graduates who …

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 By UFC

Despite the immense challenges our foster youth faced during COVID-19, 96% of our high school seniors graduated and 21 have been accepted to bachelor’s degree granting institutions. In addition, 19 scholars graduated college this year, with 7 community college students are transferring to bachelor’s degree granting institutions.

Recently, our team paraded in a colorful caravan all …

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 By UFC

We’re so proud of our UFC Scholars student Stacey, who recently graduated from Los Angeles City College with an Associate Degree in Social Behavior and hopes to become a police officer.

Stacey overcame many challenges in her journey to success. She did not have her driver’s license, which acted as a barrier in her application processes. She …

Monday, June 28th, 2021 By UFC

Our June Hero of the Month is UFC alumnus Torhon Barnes! Torhon spent 15 years as a social work professional and is currently the Chief of Staff at Orange County Health Care Agency. Torhon is also an advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community and through his position at L.A. Care Health Plan, he was able to …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

We send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gave to the Foster Bright Futures Campaign to support foster youth. Thanks to you, our generous UFC community, we raised $415,000 to provide the critical therapy, tutoring, and other supportive services our youth need now. These funds will help ensure all our youth are equipped to …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

This Spring, we partnered with Children Now to survey a sample of LA County foster youth to better understand our youth’s experiences during distance learning and their thoughts about returning to in-person instruction. The results confirmed our concerns. Here are some of the survey results:

1 in 3 youth (35%) reported having no internet or bad internet
44% reported struggling …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

One of our former UFC foster youth, Arroya Shepherd, has blossomed into a successful California business owner, and we couldn’t be prouder of how far she’s come! Arroya’s journey into the beauty industry started 6 years ago when she studied esthetics at Paul Mitchell after receiving a full scholarship from UFC partner Anastasia Soare of …

Friday, May 28th, 2021 By UFC

Our May Foster Care Hero of the Month is Connie Chung Joe, a social justice and AAPI foster care advocate here in LA County. Connie was the Executive Director of Korean American Family Services for more than a decade, helping provide culturally sensitive homes to AAPI foster children in Los Angeles. Her work helped to …

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 By UFC

The community at United Friends sends our collective thoughts and prayers to the family of George Floyd. We are also thinking of the families of Ma’Khia Bryant, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and the countless other precious Black and Brown children, women, and men who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement.

In …