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 ...
Nov 17, 2016

College Fair assists college bound foster youth

college within reach
college within reach

UPDATE - On Saturday, September 17th we hosted over 600 L.A. County foster youth and caregivers at our annual College Within Reach event at the University of Southern California. At this event, youth and caregivers attended interactive college preparation workshops, and met excited college and resource fair representatives to answer questions and provide resources.  Throughout the day we had raffle prizes for both youth and caregivers! This event was open for Foster Youth ages 11-24, Caregivers and Service Providers to participate in FREE and included Interactive Workshops and Motivational Speakers, a College Within Reach Fair which included representatives from universities, K-12 schools, community resource agencies, lunch and more, Bus Transportation provided for registered participants and Raffle Drawings throughout the day!

students attending college within reach
students attending college within reach
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!"

 
   

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