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Youth Access

Programs

We Can Help you Graduate High School. Go to College. Get a Degree. Get an Apartment. Find a Job. Build Relationships.

  • Pathways Housing

    Pathways is an 18-36 month program for emancipated youth who are at risk of homelessness. We offer dynamic and comprehensive services to youth who are receptive to a program with enriched service offerings beyond housing and provide youth with the necessary life skills and emotional support to become financially self-supporting and emotionally stable.

    1. Program Services
      • Furnished apartments
      • Advocacy and counseling services,weekly hour-long contacts with counselors
      • Independent living skills training
      • Educational guidance and career development
      • On-site mental health counseling
      • Apartment/housing resources and referrals throughout Los Angeles upon exit from program
    2. Eligibility & Applications

      • Los Angeles County former foster youth at imminent risk of homelessness
      • Ages 18-24

      Please contact Violet Sarosi, Intake Specialist, for more information – violet@unitedfriends.org or 213.580.1822.

    3. Emergency Shelters and Resources

      Many emergency shelters will provide safe housing, food, clothing, medical care, counseling, and other supportive services to assist homeless, at-risk youth.  Many shelters only allow certain groups of people such as men, women, families, LGBT, pregnant teens etc… Keep in mind, emergency housing shelters will only provide you with a temporary living situation.

    4. Pathways Alumni Program

      Any youth who has participated in the Pathways Program, regardless of time and reason for exit, may receive services that include:

      • Exit assistance when transitioning out of the program
      • Advanced Independence Training (AIT) for successful program participants
      • Mental health services for 3-6 months after exiting the program
      • Career and education services including internships and job search support
      • Transportation assistance including up to three months of bus passes
      • Alumni events including the Annual Pathways Christmas Eve Celebration

      If you are a Pathways Program Alumni, please contact Charmaine Jackson for more information – charmaine@unitedfriends.org or 213.580.1833.

  • College Readiness

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    College Readiness offers up to six years of individualized support by trained college counselors to students in grades 7-12 with a goal of helping foster youth graduate from high school and attend college.

    1. Program Services
      • Academic preparation
      • Educational advocacy
      • One-on-one relationship with counselors
      • Workshops
      • College tours
      • SAT prep and tutoring
    2. Eligibility & Applications
      • LA County foster youth with an open case (including reunification and family maintenance) or those in Kinship or Legal Guardianship placements
      • Youth may apply for the program in grades 7 and 8

      Please contact Carolina Diaz, Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator, for more information – carolina@unitedfriends.org or 213.580.1850.

    Applying to UFC’s College Readiness Program was the best decision I ever made in my life. They taught me what I needed to do to get into college, through fun and informative workshops and enrichment activities.

    —Theresa, College Readiness Student
  • College Sponsorship

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    College Sponsorship provides financial assistance for foster youth to attend four year colleges/universities without the fear of an overwhelming financial burden and offers support services and personalized attention to recipients, with the goal of increasing college graduation rates for foster youth.

    1. Program Services
      • Financial Assistance
        $3,000 per year for three to five years to help with school-related necessities like books, clothing, dorm fees, computer costs, transportation, and other living expenses
      • Relationships
        Interactive, ongoing relationships with UFC program staff and fellow Sponsorship recipients
      • Internships
        Summer internship placements
      • Post-Graduation
        Assistance with graduate school applications and post-graduation planning
    2. Eligibility & Applications
      • Current or former Los Angeles County foster who are/were ILP eligible and are 23 years-old or younger (includes Kin-GAP, or ILP eligible legal guardianship, or adoption)
      • High school seniors with a cumulative 2.8 GPA or above and plans to enter a four-year
      • Community college students with a cumulative 2.8 GPA or above and plans to transfer to a four-year university
      • Students who are committed to fulfilling their educational goals

      Please contact Carolina Diaz, Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator, for more information – carolina@unitedfriends.org or 213.580.1850.

    "This program helped me majorly through college and even gave me internships during the summer. Also, they have become a great support system and they check on me regularly even though I've already graduated. Awesome program and even better family."

    —Davonna, UFC College Sponsorship graduate

Applications

Information, resources, and applications for current and former foster youth

Resources

Information and links on scholarships for foster youth, housing, careers, advocacy and more

Contact

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please get in touch with one of the departments below

Pathways
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College Readiness
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College Sponsorship
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Emergency Contact
Call 211
UFC is not a crisis drop-in center. If you need immediate help, please call 211 —a referral line for housing, food, employment, health care and more
10/28
Featured Event
College Within Reach

Open to all foster youth in L.A. County, College Within Reach offers workshops about the college admissions and financial aid process.

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