The Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)
The Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) was introduced in 2007 by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (Chancellor’s Office) by establishing FYSI liaisons in each of the 114 California Community Colleges. FYSI liaisons provide support to current or prospective foster youth students. The Statewide FYSI Liaison, in collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office, supports FYSI liaisons through web-based orientations, trainings, regional events, statewide convenings, and regular conference calls. FYSI also supports liaisons to collect foster youth data for the community college database with the goal of creating strategies that improve educational outcomes for foster youth, strengthen the community college system’s ability to implement new legislative and policy changes affecting foster youth, and improve collaboration between the community college system, the K-12 educational system, and the social services system. Ultimately, FYSI helps to develop a supportive and smooth transition for foster youth. FYSI is supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.
For additional resources and information, or to find a foster youth liaison at your campus, please visit the Chancellor’s Office FYSI webpage.