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 ...
Jul 19, 2016

Foster youth at UFC are graduating

UFC graduates at Celebration
UFC graduates at Celebration

We’ve created an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. Our College Readiness and College Sponsorship Programs work harmoniously to create this pipeline for success. College Readiness provides academic preparation and other forms of support over a six-year period to help students in grades 7-12 graduate from high school and go on to college. With your support, over 50 students participated in the College Readiness Program (CRP).

Since January 2015, students in the College Readiness Program received over 3,000 hours of direct case management.  This accounts for the one-on-one sessions in the home between counselors and youth, as well as phone-based check-ins.  UFC also provides free in-home tutoring to students in need of additional academic support.  Since January 2015, over 160 students have accessed tutoring. UFC provided 17 college visits throughout the year, with 81% of high school scholars attending at least one. In addition, ten 11th grade scholars attended our overnight college tour to Santa Barbara where they visited UCSB, Westmont College and CSU Channel Islands.

The College Readiness Program offered over 120 grade-specific workshops, with approximately four held simultaneously at locations across L.A. County.  We are extremely excited about our overall workshop participation, which rose this year to 67%.  Over 500 foster youth (402) and caregivers (102) attended College Within Reach in September 2015, learning all about the path to college and how to access various supports including financial aid along the way. 100% of eligible seniors graduated from high school.

Seqouia  joined College Readiness in the 9th grade, and has taken advantage of every aspect of the program ever since.  She was accepted into UFC’s College Sponsorship Program in Spring 2015, and recently headed off to Barnard College in New York with her UFC counselor.  She will enjoy five more years of support from UFC through the CSP, and we have no doubt she will achieve whatever she sets her mind to. 

As you can see, your support is making a real difference in the lives of foster youth.

College Within Reach event for foster youth
College Within Reach event for foster youth

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May 31, 2016

UFC provides holiday gifts to foster youth

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for many foster youth, with no family or place to call home.  We make it our mission during the holidays to be sure each child in our programs feels loved and included in a family. This year we were able to provide gifts to 500 foster youth ranging from gift cards to books and DVDs thanks to the generosity of our supporters. We also provided meals and activities for the youth throughout the holiday season so they were able to enjoy the holiday season. Throughout the year UFC provides services and support to these same youth through our housing and education programs. As one youth said, "I've always felt super lonely during the holidays. It's as if I'm the only one without a family but UFC changed that. It's as if I have all these brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles now who truly care about me. And I had a Christmas tree!"

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
 
   

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