Supporting Campus Foster Youth Programs

Supporting Campus Foster
Youth Programs
Cindy Garcia
Statewide Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison
April 2, 2014
Create A Plan and
Demonstrate the Need
Collect accurate data regarding foster youth on your
CCCCO/FYSI- We can provide you with data, statistics and
studies to cite, that will support your case
California College Pathways also has a wealth of
information regarding statistics to help you support your
Cal Pass-Plus- You can request a report regarding foster
youth on your campus. Visit to
request a password to access the Launchboard (for
community college employees only)
First-decide what support you need
Ask your campus administration to provide in-kind
support, as well as direct financial support for the
This can include office space, equipment, supplies, or
dedicated staff time
Ask anyone you feel might be supportive of foster youth
achieving a college education
Examples: Student clubs, faith based organizations,
Kiwanis club, Soroptimist club,Rotary club,Chamber of
Commerce, campus based organizations
Build a team to assist you in seeking funds and include
foster youth as part of your team!
Build a relationship with your campus Foundation or
Development office and engage in joint fundraising efforts
Cultivating such a relationship can be enormously
beneficial as the FYSI can be wearing many hats and
fundraising can be time consuming
CCC FYSI example of working with their foundation
Sierra College- “I speak to church groups and civic organizations to
talk about our programs and this raises awareness for other to give
to our scholarship funds or donate items to fill the annual backpack
event. We apply for Grants via our Foundation Office. Each year
we raise about $25,000 which funds our backpacks and small
requests for needed items. This amount has been raised for the past
5 years. I have a couple of churches who pass the collection plate
once a year, the Rotary raises funds for housing stipends,
Soroptimist outfit dorm rooms. I try to find what each organization
is passionate about outside of education and ask them to fund this
passion. I have found that it is about telling your story first and in
time funding will come in dribs and drabs. I also have great
champions within the Foundation office and from my administration
Before anyone should consider fund raising, they need champions
first. It takes a village and a heart” ~Linda Williams.
They have raised $375,000 in the last five years!
CCC FYSI Example of working with
their Foundation
Santa Barbara City College-has “found several private
donors through our foundations grant writing. As of this
date the grants have brought in over $62,000 in the last
three years. We have used these funds primarily for book
grants and food vouchers”~ Wendy McGregor
Options for leveraging resources and information from
other campuses and partnering with organizations in your
Apply for California College Pathways foster youth campus
support programs and multi-campus network funding,
advanced campus support programs, innovation funding.
CCC FYSI Example of Identifying donors
in the community
LA Trade Tech- “We have secured $250,000 in the last
four years via grant solicitation and fundraising efforts.
Not only do we hold a major annual fundraising event, but
our youth do small fundraising projects throughout the
year” ~Dr. Dione Washington
Woodland Community College- “First 5 Yolo and Yocha
Dehe Wintun Community Foundation have been major
funders” ~Cherie Schroeder
California College Pathways Network
We have 19 Community Colleges that are partnering with CCP,
Stuart Foundation and other foundations
They receive funding to build strong campus and community
networks to support foster youth by equipping them with
essential resources, enrolling them in college or training
programs, helping them earn a degree or certificate and then
embarking on a career
This is a great way to leverage funds!
CCP Network Grant Example
Pierce College-“We utilize BFAP funds and other administrative
allowance to fund certain services. We just received a College
Pathways Grant (funded by Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker) – a
consortium grant between 4 colleges (Pierce College, LA Mission
College, LA Valley College and CSUN). We are calling our
program “San Fernando Valley Guardian Scholars Network” and
we will be providing a transfer pathway to CSUN’s Resilience
The grant will assist us in enhancing our support services to our
foster youths while they are enrolled at community college and
have a pathway to a university (CSUN). We have outlined a
number of activities and services that we will be planning and
implementing for the upcoming year. This is our first year of the
grant and it is considered a planning year” ~ Anafe Robinson
California College Pathways (CCP) Initiative:
Network Partners
Bay Area Network
CSU San Francisco State
 College of Marin
Central Coast Network
UC Santa Cruz
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU San Jose State
 Carbrillo College
 Hartnell College
Merced Network
UC Merced
 Merced College
 Madera Center College
North Bay Network
CSU Sonoma State University
 Solano Community College
 Santa Rosa Junior College
Northern Network
CSU Chico State
 Butte College
 Shasta College
California College Pathways (CCP) Initiative:
Network Partners
Northridge Network
CSU Northridge
 LA Pierce College
 LA Mission College
 LA Valley College
Orange County Network
CSU Fullerton
 Orange Coast College
 Golden West College
Riverside Network
UC Riverside
 Moreno Valley College
 Riverside City College
Southern California Network
University of Southern California
 LA City College
 LA Trade Tech
 West LA College
West LA Network
Loyola Marymount University
UC Los Angeles
 Santa Monica College
California College Pathways (CCP) Initiative:
Additional Campus Partners
Los Angeles Harbor College
Moorpark College
Norco College
Oxford Community College
Pasadena City College
San Francisco City College
Skyline College
Ventura Community College
West Hills College
California State University, Channel
California State University, San Marcos
Humboldt State University
University of California, Davis
Additional Resources
Some colleges have secured contracts with their counties
(out of the Independent Living Program fund) to do
training and support
Leverage program resources through your campus TRIO
program, if applicable
Advisory group to assist with fundraising
The group could include representatives from campus
departments, as well as members of your community who
serve foster youth and youth themselves
Peer networks, regional networks, community networks
Awareness of the “needs” of foster youth in college by
hosting community outreach events, writing a piece for
your local newspaper
Join peer networks, attend conferences, visit other campuses
with more established programs
Campus Support Program- consortia which exists in Northern
and Southern California to network and find out who is
funding and what are they funding
Annual California College Pathways Blueprint Conference
Design and Ensure
Design a clear long term plan for sustainability and donor
engagement. This can include a plan for cultivating donors
over time to increase their level of support through
vehicles such as multi-year commitments and program
Ensure that you are aligning your funding with realistic
goals and objectives
Other Ideas
Work with local businesses to secure in-kind donations such
as clothing, transportation vouchers, book vouchers, food for
events and gift cards for youth. Cultivating these
relationships can lead to cash donations down the road as
Some campuses have found that inviting a foster youth to
relay their personal experiences to a meeting with funders is
highly beneficial
Contact your local service clubs and local charities for
monetary donations as well as in-kind donations
More Ideas
 they have a database that allows
you to enter key words and search for funders
Burton Scholars Backpack to Success provides foster youth attending
college with gift cards for local stores to purchase life
necessities and school supplies.
Burton also has a $500 text book program for youth
 the Center for
Nonprofit Excellence
 they donate $500 worth of
imprinted products each day
CCC Foundation Mini Grants
Annually, the CCC Foundation offers up to $1000.00 in
mini grants that are available through Youth
Empowerment Strategies for Success/ILP. Funds are
expended this year. We will post this on the list serve
when we have more funds available
Some slide titles/info borrowed from California Community College Pathways- Foster
Youth Campus Support Programs Guide
Senate Bill 1023
More Support for Foster Youth!
Senator Carol Liu (D-25) introduced Senate Bill 1023,
which would provide foster youth at each of California's
112 community colleges with specialized academic and
social support, as part of the existing Extended
Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
The bill made it out of the committee on a vote of 9-0,
with six members of the committee signing on as coauthors
Cuyamaca College
We received the $1,000 grant from the Foundation for CCC this year and in past
We have support from our Campus EOPS Dean and Financial Aid Director for staffing
Recently started receiving support for hourly EOPS counseling. Discussing hiring a full
time, campus funded academic counselor based in the EOPS Office to see Up!/FFY
students who may or may not be EOPS eligible.
Local woman’s club has provided support for our holiday dinner (cost of the meal).
Retired faculty/Elks member-Received $2,000 to purchase backpacks, school supplies,
transportation & food gift cards for students. Distributing in June 2014.
College Foundation grants director talking to local charities about our (and our sister
college/Grossmont) program for FFY. District Foundation received a $5,000 per
college, 3 year grant in November from ‘Stoney’s Kids’ charity to help with direct
help (books, supplies, interview clothes, etc.) for our students.
We went to the Foundation Board meeting in November to accept the grant and let
the Foundation know what we were doing. We were in the planning stages for our
December Holiday party and the Foundation Board ‘passed the hat’ after the meeting
and gave each college FYSI program $1,100 for food/gift cards for our students.
Recently an anonymous donor gave our program $1,000. We’re using it mostly for
monthly and day bus passes.
The EOPS program also asks the campus for donations for our food pantry, usually
cereals, canned goods, etc. Our FFY/Guardianship/abandoned and homeless students
use this resource a lot.~Pam Fleming
Cuyamaca College
Still not enough. We still have homeless, hungry students
without enough food, a bus pass, gas card, a working car,
books, school supplies, an umbrella, coat, etc. It would
be so nice to have a larger grant, or as through the new
proposed EOPS legislation designated funds for books,
school supplies, bus pass/gas cards and additional funds
for more counselors, including maybe hiring a mental
health counselor vs an academic counselor.
Wish list here… I also would like to be able to have a dorm
where 40 – 100 of our students could reside on
campus. They would pay a low rent from their financial
aid funds, but would have safe, secure, on-campus
housing with RA’s and they would feel like ‘real’ college
students.~Pam Fleming
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