We take pride in supporting emancipated foster youth with school supplies, book vouchers, computers and an emergency gap fund.
August 2011 marked the Semester Kick-Off Party for the Former Foster Youth. After a catered lunch in the Fireside Room on August 15th, 75 students were presented with backpacks filled with basic school supplies, book store gift cards, grocery store gift cards, as well as quilts and other daily necessities. These “care packages” were provided to students by funding through the City of Roseville Citizens Benefit Fund & REACH fund and the United Auburn Indian Community, along with quilt donations from the Roseville Sun City Quilters.
Each year, 50 to 100 former foster youth who have aged out of the system enroll at Sierra College. These youth face an extraordinary challenge to not only pay for their basic needs, but also pay for college, registration, books, parking permit and school supplies.
In November, 2007, a group of staff and faculty at Sierra College decided to take action on the growing lack of resources for former foster youth. They came together and formed the College Transition Support Team (CTST). This volunteer group is a partnership between community foster youth service professionals and Sierra College faculty and staff addressing the needs, concerns and issues that affect the success and retention of former foster youth students attending Sierra College.
"We are very grateful for the support provided by these community organizations. These young people are facing significant challenges as they move on to college and these donations will provide some important support for them.”
- Sonbol Aliabadi, Executive Director
“The whole experience at Sierra College has been amazing: the faculty interaction, personal emails, one on one interaction. The people here really care.”
- Kylea, student
“The number one factor for me was motivation—it’s the ultimate key to success. All of the networking opportunities here are great. And just having people there to tell you ‘you can do it’ is fantastic.”
- Rachel, student
“Their program had a huge impact on me. Coming from the Foster Youth system, they helped me make the transition into college. It is reassuring to know that people really do care. Any help is really appreciated.”
- Jared, student