Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)
The Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) was introduced in 2007 by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office by establishing FYSI liaisons in each of the 116 California Community Colleges. FYSI liaisons provide support to current or prospective foster youth students. FYSI helps to develop a supportive and smooth transition for students from foster care. FYSI is supported by the Chancellor’s Office, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust. For questions about FYSI, please contact the Statewide Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison.
NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides eligible community college students with resources that make a difference. NextUp/CAFYES is available on 45 California community college campuses. The program offers support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing. To find out if your campus has a NextUp/CAFYES program, please visit the Chancellor's Office NextUp/CAFYES webpage.
Foster Youth Housing Project
The Foundation’s Foster Youth Housing Project aims to address the high percentage of foster youth in need of housing by laying the groundwork to build student housing for California community college students. The Foster Youth Housing Project will build off of current work occurring in Los Angeles, where one third of homeless youth were in the foster care system. Through research conducted in partnership with experts and advocates in the housing space, the project aims to identify opportunities to build student housing to support students and meet the unique needs of more vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on former foster youth. Findings will help inform and create a roadmap for future housing initiatives and developments across the California Community Colleges, aiming to ultimately provide students with more holistic, wrap-around support to help improve economic and social mobility statewide.
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Public Benefits for Foster Youth Project
Funded by a grant from the Walter S. Johnson Foundation and in partnership with the Chancellor’s Office Basic Needs Taskforce, the Public Benefits for Foster Youth Project provides statewide resources primarily to foster youth in addition to all California Community College students.
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