LACC Guardian Scholars Program












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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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


 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

arrowbulletJob placement

Personal Guidance, Counseling, Tutoring:

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

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


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.



California Youth Connection (

First Place for Youth (

California College Pathways (

United Friends of the Children (

John Burton Foundation (

Foster Care Counts (

Alliance for Children's Rights (

Department of Children and Family Services (








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




Los Angeles City College
Student Services Village, Rm 127
Phone: (323) 953 - 4000 ext.2345