LACC Guardian Scholars Program

 

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MISSION:

The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current, former or emancipated foster youth who are pursing a path within higher education. GSP’s mission is to support the well-being and empower students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and/or transfer to a university while providing academic and personal guidance. GSP services include priority registration, academic and personal counseling, tutoring, financial aid/CHAFEE assistance, book loans, workshops, social and cultural events, housing and job referrals, and leadership opportunities. GSP offers a welcoming space on campus at the Guardian Scholars Center. The Center provides access to computers, printing, food/meals, school supplies and more. 

 

 

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ELIGIBILITY

arrowbulletCurrent of former foster youth
arrowbulletEnrolled in current semester as a full time student
arrowbulletBetween the ages of 16-24
arrowbulletMaintain a 2.0 GPA

PERKS & SERVICES

 Financial Aid Package:   

arrowbulletAssistance in acquiring grant
arrowbulletScholarship packages
arrowbulletEmergency funding to help with tuition, supplies, and living expenses

Academic Advisement:

arrowbulletAssistance with class selection
arrowbulletRegistering for courses and long-term planning to meet your educational goal of obtaining any trade, degree, or transferring to a university

Tutoring & Mentoring:

arrowbulletReceive support in specific subject areas
arrowbulletOne-on-one peer mentorship

Supplemental Support Services:
arrowbulletAssistance with child care
arrowbulletTransportation help

arrowbulletBook and supply vouchers

Employment Services & Career Counseling:
arrowbulletResume building
arrowbulletJob Shadowing
arrowbulletAdvising

arrowbulletJob placement

Personal Guidance, Counseling, Tutoring:

arrowbulletRegular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan

Housing:
arrowbulletAssistance with finding housing
arrowbulletReferrals and priority with year-round housing agencies 

 FAQs:

Why is GSP important?

The percentage of foster youth attending college is 2-5%. Guardian Scholars exists to support the needs of foster youth in higher education so that we can change the outcomes of foster youth and pave a path for future generations.

 

How many people are in your organization?

The program began in Fall 2009 with 35 students; today, GS serves 128 students.

 

Resources

California Youth Connection (http://www.calyouthconn.org)

First Place for Youth (http://www.firstplaceforyouth.org)

California College Pathways (http://www.cacollegepathways.org)

United Friends of the Children (http://www.unitedfriends.org)

John Burton Foundation (http://www.johnburtonfoundation.org)

Foster Care Counts (http://www.fostercarecounts.org)

Alliance for Children's Rights (http://www.calyouthconn.org)

Department of Children and Family Services (http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us)

 

 

 

 

 

MEET THE STAFF

 

Veronica A. Garcia, M.S.
Program Director
garciava@lacitycollege.edu
 
Marisol Aguilar, M.S.
Academic Advisor
aguilam@lacitycollege.edu
 
Myra Infante
Lead Program Assistant
infantm2@lacitycollege.edu
 
Jon Lee
Tutoring Coordinator
guardianscholars@lacitycollege.edu
 
Sergio Garcia
English/Math Tutor
 
Tania Carpena
Program Coordinator
 
Lidia Bernal
Student Coordinator

 

 

 

CONTACT US
Los Angeles City College
Student Services Village, Rm 127
Phone: (323) 953 - 4000 ext.2345
Email: guardianscholars@lacitycollege.edu