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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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Thursday, June 6th, 2019 By UFC

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer at United Friends of the Children (UFC). Established in 1979, UFC is one of the most successful and admired organizations serving foster youth in Los Angeles. A perceptive leader and proven strategist, Matt is known for his ability to guide people and organizations toward imagining and realizing the highest …

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 By UFC

Angela Blackshear currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at United Friends of the Children. She is responsible for oversight of the administrative, programmatic, evaluative, and HR functions within the organization. Angela joined United Friends in (2017) serving as the Senior Director of Housing where she was responsible for the operational success and development of …

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 By UFC

Jasmine Avilez joined United Friends of the Children in 2018 and became the Director of Housing in 2020. She oversees Pathways housing program direct practice work and property management. Previously, she held the positions of Community Manager (supporting East and South Los Angeles program residents and advocacy counselors) and Impact Manager (supporting intake, aftercare services …

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 By UFC

Francisco is the Director for Education at United Friends of the Children. Francisco is a first-generation college graduate and his experiences as a college student has shaped his passion for working in education. Francisco joined United Friends as a Program Manager in January of 2017. As a program manager he worked with a dedicated group …

Monday, June 27th, 2016 By UFC

In 2003, Carla Palmer started her journey with United Friends of the Children as a Career Counselor in the Pathways Housing Program. In that role, she supported emancipated homeless foster youth with career guidance, education planning, and job placement support. Skilled in external relationship building and management, Carla was promoted to Career Development Manager where …

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 By UFC

I’ve enjoyed being with United Friends for over 6 years and have seen so many of our scholars achieve their college and life dreams. When I’m not in the office, I’m usually enjoying the outdoors with my wife and our 4 kids

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 By UFC
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 By UFC

I’ve been with UFC for a little over two years and absolutely love and believe in the work we all do. When I’m not working I enjoy taking my dog Max to the beach, hiking, and The Grove!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 By UFC
Friday, July 8th, 2016 By UFC

I have been the receptionist at United Friends since February 2015 and am fortunate to be able to welcome our youth. Often they come in with a frown, but with time I see them walk back in with so much excitement and confidence as their goals are met and exceeded!