LACC Guardian Scholars Program
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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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Current of former foster youth
Enrolled in current semester as a full time student
Between the ages of 16-24
Maintain a 2.0 GPA
PERKS & SERVICES
Financial Aid Package:
Assistance in acquiring grant
Emergency funding to help with tuition, supplies, and living expenses
Assistance with class selection
Registering for courses and long-term planning to meet your educational goal of obtaining any trade, degree, or transferring to a university
Tutoring & Mentoring:
Receive support in specific subject areas
One-on-one peer mentorship
Book and supply vouchers
Regular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan
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 (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)
Lead Program Assistant
Los Angeles City College
Student Services Village, Rm 127
Phone: (323) 953 - 4000 ext.2345