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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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Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 By UFC

For the second time, Hija de tu Madre has made a big donation of clothes, jewelry, and more for our young people! We appreciate the extraordinary generosity (and stylish flare) of this creative shop built to celebrate being Latina and Latinx. Muchisimas gracias!

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, August 25th, 2021 By UFC

We are so thrilled to highlight Anjani C., a dedicated and passionate scholar who has achieved so much over the last year amidst several challenges. Last year, Anjani was infected with COVID-19 and during a check-in with his counselor, he expressed feeling depressed because his entire family had COVID-19. Right away, his counselor made a …

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 By UFC

Our August Hero of the Month is Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, who helped launch our Pathways Program and became the first Director of Pathways before joining St. Joseph Center as President and CEO. Under her leadership, St. Joseph Center has tripled its staff, expanded its services, and broadened its geographic reach to secure a …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

Starting August 1st, we invite you to join our 2Give10 campaign and help us show that large groups of people performing relatively small tasks can make a huge difference in the world. Our goal for 2Give10 is to raise $1,000,000 during the month of August to help foster youth. Foster youth face enormous obstacles, and …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

We want to shout out and thank LA Care for their incredible continued support! We are so grateful that they’ve partnered with us during this critical time to ensure our youth get the mental health support they need to heal from the COVID-induced stresses and trauma. In addition, thanks to the funding they provided, we …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

Thanks to the Federal Pandemic Act: Supporting Foster Youth and Families Program, new Chafee funding is available to current and former foster youth. The California Department of Social Services is now providing one-time funding via cash cards to help address critical financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn about the eligibility requirements and …

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 …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

We are so proud of UFC alumna Florencia Valenzuela for her recent appointment as the First District’s commissioner for LA County’s Youth Commission! The Commission offers youth with a history in the child welfare system an opportunity to address fundamental challenges based on their lived experiences. Flo isn’t the first UFC alumna to make her …

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 By UFC

We’re happy to announce our July Hero of the Month as Angelica Nwandu! Angelica participated in our UFC College Sponsorship program, which provided financial support to foster youth attending college and helped set her on a path to success. Angelica has gone on to accomplish great things and became the founder of The Shade Room …