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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 …

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 By UFC

Our October Hero of the Month is Junely Merwin, UFC alumna who actively advocates for youth in care and works to spread awareness about foster care through social media and her website. She first entered foster care at fifteen with her one-month-old son, but despite this challenge, she persevered and graduated with a BS in …

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 By UFC

Brenda is a hardworking and determined individual. She has faced some great challenges but has kept pushing toward her goals. In January 2020 she joined UFC’s education program. At the time, she was starting her last semester at East Los Angeles College and was concerned about her housing situation. “I did not want to experience …

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 By UFC

Recently, some of our staff got together with Molina Healthcare to package 30 college kits for first-year college students! The kits included school supplies, backpacks, toiletries, snacks, and much more.

Thank you, Molina Healthcare, for your generous donations, time, and care for our youth. With your help, we can provide our scholars with a great …

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 By UFC

Did you know that compared to youth that “age out” of care at age 18, youth who remain in care for just a few more years have higher rates of employment, housing, school attendance, graduation, and health coverage?

Organizations are asking others to support a federal bill called the Access to Foster Care to 21 …

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 By UFC

On August 20th, education staff hosted an in-person workshop for UFC high school seniors at the Plaza De Artes y Cultura. Youth joined to preview and prepare for their upcoming 12th-grade year. Scholars spent time setting goals for the first half of their senior year along with identifying peers or adults in their support network …

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 By UFC

Our September Hero of the Month is Amanda Weitman, a wealth advisor at Corte Madera Wells Fargo Private Bank office, and an advisory member for the San Quentin News, which publishes monthly newspapers and quarterly magazines written by the incarcerated. She supports them by helping with fundraising and philanthropy. She is also a very loyal …

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 By UFC

For our August Hero of the Month, we are highlighting Monica Jimenez-Freeman, the Office Coordinator for DPR Construction’s Pasadena office.

Her involvement with the United Friends of the Children began five years ago when a DPR team member and a UFC alumnus, Tremale Berger, introduced DPR to UFC. Knowing firsthand what a powerful organization UFC is …

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 By UFC

A state budget has been implemented that expands college foster youth support by $48 million. According to John Burton Advocated for Youth, this new state budget includes provisions aimed at helping foster youth in their educational pursuits. They include funding for programs for justice-involved students, an additional $10 million for community college rapid rehousing programs, …

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 By UFC

UCLA is conducting three foster youth studies that look at how we can better prioritize the educational success of system-involved youth.

The first study looks at the impact of student support programs for college-age foster students in the CSU system. The second studies education perspectives of students who have aged out of foster care. The third …