United Friends of the Children

Mission: United Friends of the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change. The overarching goal of UFC's programs is to inspire and support foster youth to realize their potential as individuals and to become self-sustaining, healthy members of our community. We believe that the way to have a deep and lasting impact in the lives of foster youth is to be with them over the long haul. By building relationships with youth over an ...
Mar 8, 2016

High school grads via College Readiness Program

CRP students at College Within Reach
CRP students at College Within Reach

Our College Readiness Program provides academic preparation and other forms of support over a six-year period to help studens graduate from high school and go on to college. With your support this past fiscal year, 506 students participated in the College Readiness Program (CRP) and they received 10,000 hours of case management services throughout the year. As well, 100 9th and 10th grade students attended a three-day overnight retreat to help them learn about the college application process and the steps to get them to college. 79% of our high school age CRP students attended at least one of 17 college tours and 67% of our CRP students participated in many of the 106 offered Saturday workshops. As a result,100% of our 2015 College Readiness students are attending college. All of those attending four-year schools were accepted into our College Sponsorship Program. College Readiness Program graduate Seqouia was joined by her UFC College Counselor Soleil (courtesy of Delta Air Lines) to help her get settled at Barnard College in New York. Seqouia is an example of our longstanding relationship with youth—she will receive 11 plus years of support from UFC through our College Readiness and College Sponsorship Programs. As you can see, your support is making a real difference in the lives of foster youth.

CSP student at orientation
CSP student at orientation
Heading off to college with her UFC counselor
Heading off to college with her UFC counselor
Feb 25, 2016

Holiday gifts for foster youth

CRP holiday party
CRP holiday party

The holidays are a particularly tough time for foster youth, often spent without a loving family, friends or home.  Every year during the month of December, United Friends of the Chidlren hosts a variety of celebrations for the foster youth in our Pathways Housing and Education Programs. 

This year, our College Readiness students came together with UFC staff, board members and family and friends afor a holiday gathering and enjoyed a tasty meal together as one big family, and awards were given to students excelling in the program.  College Sponsorship students also gathered together for a celebration and swapped college stories, enjoyed karaoke and a delicious dinner.  Pathways residents celebrated throughout the month of December with tree trimming, caroling at convalescent homes, and enjoying a week full of fun outdoor activities during the week between Christmas and New Years.  On December 24th, UFC hosted its largest Pathways alumni holiday party to date, with over 250 current residents, alumni, staff, board members and volunteers in attendence. 

At all these gatherings the youth were provided with special, personalized holiday gifts. With your generous support through Global Giving we ensured that all of the foster youth in our housing and education programs receieved a special gift and continue to have a warm and welcoming family environment that they can call home.



  

CRP holiday party
CRP holiday party
Nov 24, 2015

Helping foster kids graduate from high school

Soleil and Sequoia headed to Barnard College
Soleil and Sequoia headed to Barnard College

We are excited to report that 100% of our 2015 class of College Readiness Program (CRP) students graduated from high school and are attending college (two and four year schools). 48% are attending four-year schools, all of whom were accepted into our College Sponsorship Program. 163 CRP students accessed tutoring throughout the year to improve grades. 100 9th and 10th grade College Readiness students attended a 3-day overnight retreat. 79% of high school age CRP students attended at least one of 17 college tours and 67% of CRP students participated in many of the 106 Saturday workshops. One of our students, Armani, was struggling in school because she was embarassed to wear clothes that she had outgrown after being reunited with her father and seven younger sisters. She knew that her family was having a hard time financially and didn't feel that she could ask for new school clothes. Armani's UFC counselor took her shopping so she could feel comfortable going to school. Sequoia and her UFC college counselor recently travelled together to Barnard College in New York so she could start her freshman year! Her counselor helped Sequoia get settled into her dorm room and took her shopping for all the things she would need, just like a parent would do. We are so excited for her to begin her college path!

 

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