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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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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 …

Friday, February 25th, 2022 By UFC

In celebration of Black History Month, the Pathways team hosted a Trivia Night and watch party of Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History Month. Pastries from a local black-owned coffee shop were provided to all attendees and a prize was given to the first-place winner of the Trivia game.

Also, during a recent life skills workshop …

Friday, January 28th, 2022 By UFC

This month, our education team began virtual group coaching sessions with our college-going foster youth. The purpose of these monthly meetings is to create community amongst this niche of students and cover important topics that will help build confidence and better equip them for college success. Over a dozen youth attended the first group coaching session, …

Monday, January 3rd, 2022 By UFC

On December 17th, we held our annual (virtual) Holiday Party. Over 200 people attended, including staff, housing residents, education scholars and their families, and housing and education alumni. Everyone who joined the party was entered into a raffle for a chance to win various prizes given away by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, including Amazon gift …

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 By UFC

This year our education team held virtual Friendsgiving holiday parties for all grade school and college youth. It was a fun, virtual social gathering, hosted in partnership with the Junior League of Los Angeles. In addition to playing games to foster cheer and a sense of community, prizes were also raffled off.

Our housing program staff …

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 By UFC

Recently UFC alumni Carolina Wolf and our education staff teamed up to facilitate a workshop to equip our education foster students for the transition back to full-time, in-person learning. The time allowed for deep reflection on the past 17 months of remote and hybrid learning. Staff provided advice and tools to improve time management …

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 By UFC

We are so excited to announce and celebrate our 2021 high school graduates! Foster youth face unique challenges in their educational journeys and as a result, many struggle to graduate high school. This has never been more true than during the 2020-2021 school year that fell in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

Recently, as part of the Pathways life skills program, we were excited to welcome a local gardener who encouraged youth to get involved with their local community garden as a way to improve overall wellness and healthy habits by growing and cooking their own food. They also learned about the power that community gardening has …

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 …