Empowering LA Community College’s Foster Youth and Single Parents

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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 16, 2020

The percentage of foster youth attending college is 2 – 5% and there are also a high number of single parents pursuing higher education who are traditionally financially disadvantaged.

This quarter we launched a series of virtual financial literacy workshops for Los Angeles City College’s Guardian Scholars-GSP and CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) programs to support this student demographic.  The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current, former, or emancipated foster youth who are pursuing a path within higher education. The CARE program provides assistance for single parents pursuing their educational goals under the TANF/CalWORKs program.

Through our financial literacy workshops, we covered topics such as budgeting, savings, credit, debt, and more. Aside from our education efforts, our North El Monte Branch Manager Danny Chan lends his financial expertise as a board member for the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Foundation.

We are grateful for programs like LACC’s GSP and CARE programs that exist to support the needs of foster youth and single parents in higher education. We are a proud partner in this effort to change the outcomes of these students for the better and pave a path for future generations.