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New COVID-19 Support Counselor

With generous support from the LA County Office of Education, UFC has hired a new COVID-19 Support College Counselor to provide intensive support to youth struggling with learning loss, academic performance, and social and emotional wellness. As reported last spring, foster youth ...

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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 …

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 …

Monday, March 29th, 2021 By UFC

Here’s how UFC has been adapting to youth’s needs through the pandemic.

In our Pathways housing program:

We’ve provided quarantine kits including safety equipment and food supplies to support youth in staying safe and keeping the community safe.
We are continuing to provide mental health services through licensed, experienced therapists as many youth are struggling with anxiety, isolation, …

Monday, March 29th, 2021 By UFC

This month, the Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) hosted a virtual workshop dedicated to informing the Los Angeles community about the child welfare system. More than 100 attendees had the opportunity to hear from a number of agencies and advocates throughout LA County, including three of our UFC Scholars. Our three Scholars, Jaloni West, …

Monday, January 25th, 2021 By UFC

With generous support from the LA County Office of Education, UFC has hired a new COVID-19 Support College Counselor to provide intensive support to youth struggling with learning loss, academic performance, and social and emotional wellness. As reported last spring, foster youth in LAUSD had one of the lowest participation rates in remote learning among …

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 By UFC

UFC distributed over $40,000 in gifts and gift cards at our annual holiday party for our current and former program participants. We’d like to give a special thank you to DJ Felli Fel who joined the virtual party and raised over $10,000 through his second annual Felli’s Navidad Fundraiser. We’d also like to give a …

Monday, November 23rd, 2020 By UFC

Earlier this month, our residents participated in a critical “Coping with the Holidays” workshop. Youth and staff dialogued about what the holidays mean to them and what strategies can help promote self-care and stable mental health through this unique holiday season. Some ideas shared included enjoying nature, calling friends, checking in with loved ones, and watching …

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 By UFC

Last month United Friends of the Children headed to Washington, D.C. for NCAN Hill Day, an annual event coordinated by National College Access Network that brings students from across the country to D.C. in an effort to advocate for policy change around college access and affordability for all students.