The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office has awarded $2 million to community colleges in Riverside, Norco and Moreno Valley to turn around low college-going and high school graduation rates among foster youth.
"There have really been no coordinated services that usher foster youth through the secondary school system and transition them smoothly and seamlessly through higher education," said MaryAnn Doherty, director of grants for the three-campus Riverside Community College District.
Starting this summer, each of the three colleges plans to hire a specialist who will visit high schools in the Riverside area to help students enroll in and succeed in classes that will help them get into college. The specialist will work one-on-one with foster youth, starting in the 9th grade, to usher these students though the college application and financial aid process.
The colleges also plan to use some of the funds to provide foster youth with computers and phones, and to contract with technology companies that will create apps to help students meet deadlines.
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