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Foster Youth Services

Compton College is pleased to offer a variety of resources to assist emancipated students exiting the foster care system. Our Student Support Services programs can assist you with the transition to college.  If you are a former foster youth, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office and our Extended Opportunity Program & Services Office for assistance.

Our Student Services programs at Compton College offer the following benefits for emancipated foster youth:

  • Assistance with completing college entrance forms.
  • Financial Aid application assistance.
  • Academic advising.
  • Personalize staff assistance to help direct you to the appropriate resources.
  • Priority assistance finding on-campus jobs (for those who qualify).
  • Assistance finding housing.
  • Workshops for career and academic success.
  • Friendship and support by Compton College faculty/staff.

Guardian Scholars Program

The Compton College Guardian Scholars Program is available for all current and former foster youth attending the college to ensure their academic, career, and personal success. Program benefits include: academic advising, assistance to access financial aid/grants/scholarships, and referrals for on and off campus resources.

For more info, call Dr. Joseph Lewis, 310-900-1600, ext. 2088, or visit the Guardian Scholars office located in V-72.

Extended Opportunity Program & Services

California foster youth from all counties may be eligible for admission to our EOPS program regardless of application date (some restrictions may apply). Please contact the EOPS department,  at 310-900-1600 ext. 2912 Located at U-6 for information about how  you can apply for and receive admission to the Compton College EOPS program.

Foster Youth Resources & Links

California College Pathways

Highly recommended for foster youth by the Compton College Guardian Scholars Advisory team. This resource helps students prepare for college and connects them with adults who can help provide tips, tools, and resources.

"BuildFutures" Providing the key to Youth Success

Supports and enables homeless youth 18-24 years old to become independent, contributing members of our community while providing them with wrap around services.

Cal Fresh Program

Formerly known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program "SNAP".
Provides qualified households & individuals with healthy and nutritional food.

California Community College Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)

Services offered through the California Community College System to serve Emancipated Foster Youth. Look under "Student Support/Student Services".

California State University, Fullerton's Guardian Scholars Program

The CSUF Guardian Scholars program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound emancipated foster youth succeed in higher education.

Chafee Grant for Emancipated Foster Youth

A financial assistance grant set up to support specifically emancipated foster youth that want to attend college.

County of Orange Social Services, including Foster Youth Services

County of Orange Social Services Referrals.

Independent Living Program through Social Services Agency

Program and services provided to serve Orange County Emancipated Foster Youth.

Los Angeles County Independent Living Home Page

Website for transitioning current or former foster youth.

Los Angeles County Low-cost Health Care Resources

Guide to L. A. County free and low cost health care services.

Orange County 2-1-1 Get Connected/Get Answers

Resource site for services available for foster youth.

Orange County Food Banks

Food banks offering support to Emancipated Foster Youth.

Orange County Public Health Services

List of health clinics in Orange County.

Orange County Social Service Agency

Resource for Orange County social services.

Orangewood Foundation

Orangewood Foundation is services for foster youth.

Recovery Education Institute

Program designed to help promote personal growth and recovery for people who experience psychiatric symptoms.

Renaissance Scholars Program

A university scholarship program available at Cal Poly Pomona for emancipated foster youth.

Riverside County Office of Education

Services offered for Emancipated Foster Youth.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Distributes food throughout Orange County.

Some One Cares

Meals for individuals who are in need.

StandUP For Kids

Referrals for Emancipated Foster Youth up to age 26 for many services in Orange County, including homelessness and hunger issues.

THP Plus

Housing for homeless.

Transportation through Orange County Social Services

Free bus passes for Independent Living Program "ILP" eligible former foster youth (ages 16 – 21).

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Western Center fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low income Californians.



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