Every year in California, an estimated 4,000 foster youth transition from dependents of the foster care system into emancipated adulthood at age eighteen. These former foster youth (FFY), generally grow up in numerous homes with few life skills or tangible items to call their own.
Annually at Sierra College, 75 – 125 FFY pursue their dreams of higher education:
Our goal at Sierra College is to help these youth overcome barriers to success, realize that college is an option, and turn their dreams into reality by offering:
Offering support to FFY decreases their stress level and creates a sense of belonging. It has proven to increase their retention rate; since the inception of this program, the retention rate has increased from 40% to 81% from the fall to spring semester. Their grades also improve because they are able to concentrate on their studies. And perhaps most importantly: it lets the students know that someone believes in them and cares enough to invest in their success!
“Thank you for your help! I have been worried and wondered how I would ever make it through College without any help. Now with your generosity and the kindness of your heart, my dream of going to College is a reality,” said Rachel, a former foster youth attending Sierra College.
With your gift, a student learns. Through your support, a graduate takes the next step. From your generosity, a dream is attained.