This project will provide 500 foster youth living in Los Angeles with critical educational services so they can graduate from high school and continue on to college.
Shockingly, 50% of foster youth do not graduate from high school and only 13% attend college. Without an education, further outcomes for foster youth are dismal. 40% of all foster youth are on public assistance within 2-4 years of emancipation, 65% of L.A. County foster are homeless when they exit care, and 50% of all female foster youth will become pregnant by age 19. These poor outcomes for foster youth results in the personal potential of thousands of individuals going unrealized.
UFC follows College Readiness students for up to six years; 100% of those who spend four or more years in the program graduate from high school and 97% go to college. Many continue in UFC's College Sponsorship Program, attending four-year colleges and universities across the country while receiving UFC support for four to five years. 70% of College Sponsorship recipients graduate from college. To our knowledge, UFC is unique in offering foster youth the potential of eleven years of support.
The direct costs of foster care nationally come to more than $33 billion each year. In California the annual costs are $4.7 billion. Foster youth experience shattering difficulties, leading lives of struggle, requiring public assistance rather than being able to contribute to their communities. UFC's College Readiness Program currently provides 500 foster youth with services to graduate high school and continue to college. Our goal is to serve over 1,200 in the program over the next five years
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).