L.A. County is home to nearly 20,000 foster youth. At 18, foster youth "emancipate" out of the foster care system and are left to fend for themselves, whether they are ready or not. Foster youth enter the world of independence alone; without the benefit of enduring early relationships, role modeling, or the support (financial as well as emotional) of family and community members. This translates into high rates of homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, and poor academic achievement.
UFC's College Sponsorship Program offers students $3,000 a year for up to five years for college-related expenses, as well as ongoing support through graduation from college. The program also offers support services and personalized attention to sponsorship recipients, with the goal of empowering students to become good decision makers. We provide each new class of College Sponsorship recipients with a dorm kit to start off their school year right.
The hallmark of UFC's work over the past 30 years is the depth and quality of our service offerings. We are committed to meeting the immediate and long-term needs of foster youth and are determined to change the dismal outcomes they face as they transition from care. Since 1990, UFC has been providing sponsorships to foster youth and achieving significant results - 70% of our students graduate from college. Currently there are over 150 students in our College Sponsorship Program.