California College Pathways (CCP) provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges, vocational schools, and four-year universities. Visit us at:

Upcoming Events: 

2/17: Webinar: Strengthening Kinship Families & Upcoming Policy Reforms

2/18 - 2/19: 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

2/24: Webinar: Preparing for Graduate School: Tools for Success 

3/2:  FAFSA Deadline

3/2: Webinar: What is the Future of the Chafee ETV in California?

3/9: Webinar: Getting What is Yours: Ensuring Foster Youth and Caregivers Access the Earned Income Tax Credit 

3/9: Webinar: NAEHCY Single Point of Contact (SPOC): Best Practices to Support Homeless and Foster Youth on College Campuses

4/11-4/12:  Foster Youth Education Summit 

With the support of the Stuart Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, CCP is managed by the John Burton Foundation. Learn more at:

CCP Launches New and Improved Website

Upcoming Webinar - Preparing for Graduate School: Tools for Success

FAFSA March 2 Deadline Approaching

Registration opens for 2016 Foster Youth Education Summit

Brief from Urban Institute Provides Suggestions to Help Low-Income Working Parents Who Attend School

New NASPA Homelessness and Foster Care Community Co-Chairs
CCP Launches New and Improved Website
California College Pathways launched a brand new website this week that can be found at The new site continues to provide a vast array of information, organized in a new, easier to navigate format. The site includes extensive tools for professionals working with foster youth who are planning for college as well as numerous reports and resources related to supporting foster youth enrolled in higher education. Recordings of past web seminars are also posted along with downloadable materials used during the trainings.
An updated database of campus-based foster youth support programs is included on the site that enables students and professionals to search for specific types of programs by geography. Program contacts not currently listed who would like to be included on the site can contact Debbie Raucher at Phase two of the website redesign project will include a youth-friendly site geared towards students that will be launched later this year. The site is updated regularly with announcements, new training materials and additional resources so users are encouraged to check back regularly.
Upcoming Webinar - Preparing for Graduate School: Tools for Success
In today’s changing economy, a graduate education is often necessary to fully realize career goals. California College Pathways will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. that will present a new online educational tool specifically designed to help students with a background in foster care with the process of selecting and applying to an advanced degree program. The developer of the site, Dr. Sylvia Sensiper, Director of the UC Davis Guardian Professions Program will present the webinar with Michelle Dean, a current Masters degree student in the Community Development Department at UC Davis. To register CLICK HERE
FAFSA March 2 Deadline Approaching
The 2016/2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for submission by students planning to attend college in Fall 2016. Submission of a FAFSA is required for all forms of federal aid and most California State aid as well including CalGrants and Chafee grants. While the FAFSA can be submitted at any time, submission by March 2nd is required to qualify for the maximum amount of financial aid. Between now and the March 2nd deadline, FAFSA workshops will be held throughout the state. To find a workshop in your area, click here. To view a webinar presented by the John Burton Foundation click here.
For students looking for quick answers to brief questions, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is partnering with Get Schooled, to provide short answers to college access questions via text. This includes assistance with questions about college applications, scholarships, financial aid and the FAFSA.

 Students can text “NAEHCY” to 335577 to have their questions answered.
Registration opens for 2016 Foster Youth Education Summit
Registration is now open for the 2016 Foster Youth Education Summit scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Sacramento. The event will feature 38 workshops that cover a wide range of topics including several workshops showcasing innovative ideas for increasing success at the postsecondary level. The event will also feature a program at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon during which attendees will have the opportunity to participate in informational meetings with state legislators and staff. To view the conference program CLICK HERE or follow this LINK to register now.
Brief from Urban Institute Provides Suggestions to Help Low-Income Working Parents Who Attend School
The college-going population is more diverse than ever and includes more parents than ever. The educational challenges facing working parents are especially heavy for former foster youth who are twice as likely to become parents by age 21 and without many of the supports their peers rely upon. The Urban Institute’s report titled Supporting Parents Who Work and Go to School points to how to assist working parents to succeed in educational goals.
Key challenges include irregular work schedules that make it difficult to schedule schooling and childcare, the need for childcare assistance, and difficulty identifying and obtaining available assistance from social service agencies. The report indicates that most parent-students rely on family for childcare. This highlights the special difficulty for former foster youth who might not have family supports available.
The brief suggests how existing federal policy initiatives such as the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Child Care Development Fund can better support working parents in their educational pursuits. Suggestions for helping these working parent-students involve providing counseling support to help them design workable schedules, access all available financial support and obtain child-care referrals. More childcare during nontraditional hours and for young children will enable more working parents to complete education. Partnerships between workforce agencies, educational institutions and childcare agencies are important for offering innovations in block scheduling, diverse class locations, as well as childcare. To download the full report click here.
New NASPA Homelessness and Foster Care Community Co-Chairs
The National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) announced two new co-chairs for the Homelessness and Foster Care Community including California’s own Sara Gamez. Sara is the Associate Director for Student Support & Equity Programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, overseeing the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the Renaissance Scholars program which serves foster youth students, and the Undeclared Student Program. In her role as co-chair, Sara hopes to create a platform that enables professionals to learn from each other by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and provide an avenue to share research and literature that can help institutions and programs to better understand and serve homeless and foster care students on college campuses. She is joined by Cyekeia Lee, the Director of Higher Education Initiatives with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).
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