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Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 By UFC

A heartfelt thank you to Shari, Jojo, Brooke Friedman, and our Education program staff for hosting a special boutique shopping experience in the Antelope Valley called the SheStyles Event!

SheStyles first started when the Freidman girls began collecting clothing during the pandemic and developed a rewarding way to connect young women facing hardships with clothing that …

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 By UFC

Our in-person 2022 Fall Gala was a huge success! Over $650,000 was raised to help current and former foster youth in our education and housing programs achieve a lifetime of self-sufficiency and success.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and supported the gala. Because of your care and generosity, our program participants will be …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 By UFC

We are so excited to be back in person this year at a new venue – the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center. This will be a lovely evening with an elegant cocktail hour, a formal sit-down dinner, live entertainment, and award presentations.

We hope you will join us to learn more about United Friends’ impact on the …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 By UFC

We want to thank our NextGen board for putting together college care packages for our incoming freshmen! These care packages were put together with love and included many useful goodies like pens, notepads, hand sanitizer, gift cards, toothbrushes, and snacks. Thanks to this team, our students will feel more prepared for this new, exciting chapter …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 By UFC

On September 24th, our education team held a Hispanic Heritage Month workshop for the 6-12th grade scholars. Youth who attended the virtual event learned about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning with legislation signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson, to the expansion from a commemorative week to a month-long recognition …

Thursday, July 7th, 2022 By UFC

We are extremely excited to announce that our Spring College with Care Campaign goal was surpassed! This was made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our amazing donors and partners! If you gave in support of College with Care, THANK YOU! Because you gave, more current and former foster youth will be supported during …

Thursday, July 7th, 2022 By UFC

In honor of Juneteenth, our Pathways residents engaged in a group dialogue about the significance of the day. “Keep on learning” was the theme throughout the conversation. Youth discussed how current efforts to suppress history jeopardizes the ability to achieve a more equitable future for all. The UFC counselor who led this conversation reflected on the …

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 By UFC

On Saturday, May 21st, we celebrated our middle and high school graduates throughout LA County. Each youth was showered with love and excitement for their hard work. Graduating is a huge accomplishment for foster youth that should always be acknowledged and celebrated. Each student received a UFC branded graduation sash, candy leis, 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 …

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 …