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National Effort Promotes Foster Youth College Success

Guardians Scholars Effort Born in California at Cal State Fullerton

Nov. 14, 2013

Helping foster youth succeed in higher education was the focus of the 2013 Blueprint Conference held last month in Los Angeles, where Cal State Fullerton's pioneering role in providing access to higher education for former foster youth was again in the spotlight. The John Burton Foundation, which manages the California College Pathways Initiative, produced the sold-out event that brought professionals from 15 states to learn, share and find solutions. In 1998, CSUF became the first California college to provide specialized postsecondary support for students in foster care. With resources from the Stuart and the Walter S. Johnson foundations, alongside participation by educational institutions and the support of other funders, the California College Pathways Initiative has grown to encompass 80 campuses, which now boast comprehensive support services for foster youth. Read the full article online.

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