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Senate Bill 1023: Suppor3ng foster youth in California community colleges


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Senate Bill 1023: Suppor3ng foster youth in

California community colleges

•  Authored by Senator Carol Liu, signed into law in September 2014 •  SB 1023 allows the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to enter into “agreements with up to 10 Community College Districts to provide addiGonal funds for services in support of postsecondary educaGon for foster youth.”


Coopera3ng Agencies Foster Youth

Educa3onal Support Program

•  CAFYES will be a supplemental component of the exisGng Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program. •  The purpose of the program is to support higher educaGon success, health and well-being of current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California’s community colleges.


CAFYES Program Funding

•  The budget provides up to $15 million for the program in 2015-16 and is expected to conGnue in future years. •  The Chancellor’s Office and parGcipaGng Districts will report to the legislature biennially.


Core CAFYES Services

•  MatriculaGon and transfer counseling •  Monitoring of academic progress •  Tutoring •  Academic mentoring •  Frequent in-person contact •  Allowances for books and supplies


•  Referrals to counseling and mental health services •  Independent living skills •  Housing assistance •  Child care allowances •  TransportaGon allowances •  Career counseling


CAFYES Eligibility

•  Person whose dependency in California was established by the court on or a_er the youth’s 16th birthday and who is younger than age 26. •  Authorizes parGcipants to be enrolled in at least 9 units, rather than the required full-Gme load of 12 units.


Community College District Par3cipa3on

•  Per guidance in SB1023, the Chancellor’s Office facilitated an ApplicaGon To ParGcipate (ATP) process for Districts interested in administering CAFYES. •  All 72 Districts throughout the state were eligible to apply. •  Following the ATP process, formal noGficaGon of intent to award CAFYES funds to10 Districts was distributed.


The following Districts have been recommended for parGcipaGon •  Northern California: Shasta-Tehama-Trinity CCD, Sierra CCD •  San Francisco Bay Area and Central California: Peralta CCD, Sonoma County CCD, State Center CCD •  Southern California: Allan Hancock CCD, Coast CCD, Grossmont-Cuyamaca CCD, Los Angeles CCD, Pasadena Area CCD


Addi3onal Informa3on

The list of recommended Districts will be presented for review and approval during the California Community College Board of Governor's meeGng scheduled for November 17-18. For addiGonal informaGon regarding CAFYES please visit hip://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/StudentServices/ EOPSCARE/CAFYES.aspx Please submit quesGons regarding the CAFYES program to cafyes@cccco.edu.


Campaign Overview

Presented by:

Amanda J. Davis, Program Manager “I Can Afford College” Campaign


Ø Statewide iniGaGve funded by ProposiGon 98 Ø Started in 2003-04 academic year due to fee increase concerns Ø Annual campaign budget of $2.8 million Ø Directed and managed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Campaign Background


Budget Act language states specific key campaign messages: Ø  California community colleges remain affordable Ø  Financial aid is available to cover enrollment fees and help with other costs such as books, supplies Ø  Free one-on-one assistance


The campaign’s key target audiences are low- to middle-income: Ø  High school juniors and seniors Ø  Recent high school graduates Ø  Current community college students Ø  Re-entry students Ø  Influencers San Bernardino Valley College


All acGviGes drive people to the heart of the

campaign, icanaffordcollege.com, which

launched in May 2004 Ø  Key features of the website include: §  Bilingual - English/Spanish §  Types of financial aid and how to apply §  Direct links to applicaGons §  Contact informaGon for community college financial aid offices Ø  Completely revamped site launched in March 2014


Ongoing Website Updates §  Completed in 2014-15 §  College Cost Calculator §  Smart Search §  FAFSA Videos & Forecaster §  New Student Success Stories §  Financial Literacy Info §  Planned for 2015-16 §  AddiGonal Scholarship Info §  New AB 540 Info §  Financial Aid Glossary Berkeley City College


CreaGve Ad Campaign Ø  Radio Ø  Television/Video Ø  Online Ø  New radio & TV ads are in development §  In producGon now – look for the new ads in January 2016!


Star Power & Presence Wango Tango Ryan Seacrest Nick Cannon will.i.am Ed Crane iHeart Radio FesGval


Robust Statewide Outreach Ø  High school events Ø  College fairs Ø  Community events Irvine Community College


LegislaGve Outreach Ø  Governor’s Office Annex Display Ø  Op-Eds Authored by Legislators Ø  Governor’s CommemoraGve Message for Financial Aid Awareness Month


Collateral & InformaGonal Materials Ø  Available items include: Ø  Brochures Ø  Posters Ø  Folders Ø  Bookmarks Ø  Order through icanaffordcollege.com


Geung Social

Ø  Twiier & Facebook Ø  YouTube

Ø  Instagram


Where can you find us? Ø  Campaign Website §  icanaffordcollege.com Ø  Social Media §  hip://twiier.com/icanafrdcollege §  www.facebook.com/icanaffordcollege §  hip://instagram.com/icanaffordcollege §  www.youtube.com/user/ICANAFRDCOLLEGE


Foster Youth Success Ini3a3ve

A joint effort between the FoundaGon for California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Kathleen Casela Statewide Foster Youth Success IniGaGve FoundaGon for California Community Colleges


•  In 2006, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) sponsored the Foster Youth Success IniGaGve (FYSI) to respond to the significant challenges and lack of resources available to foster youth in accessing postsecondary educaGon. •  The FYSI was built through CCCCO leadership to provide support for foster youth aiending community colleges. It was a collaboraGve effort between individuals, non-profit agencies and representaGves from postsecondary educaGonal insGtuGons. •  Currently, there are 113 community colleges who have an idenGfied FYSI Liaison, serving as the main point of contact for foster youth on campus.

The History of FYSI


FYSI Goals

•  Assist foster youth with access to academic support, student services and resources •  Coach foster youth to pursue an educaGon despite challenges •  Provide support in compleGon of units, cerGficates, degrees, or transfer to a 4 year university


Community College Support

•  Serves greatest number of foster youth of all three systems (est. 14,000) •  113 Colleges throughout state with a range of programs: – High school diploma – 2-year Associate (AA) degree – Career & Technical EducaGon – occupaGonal cerGficates – Transfer to 4-year university


Challenges in Higher EducaGon

Inadequate housing opGons Lack of financial resources Frequent changes in home and school leave youth unprepared Lack of adult role models Lack of informaGon on access to higher educaGon Untreated trauma or undiagnosed mental heath


Foster Youth Success IniGaGve Liaison

•  An FYSI Liaison is an idenGfied campus staff who can provide a bridge for foster youth entering community college for the first Gme or those who may be returning •  113 community colleges have an idenGfied FYSI, some have mulGple liaisons


CriGcal Role of an FYSI Liaison

Step 1: Create a place for foster youth to belong Step 2: Connect students to financial aid and academic advising Step 3: CulGvate FYSI champions on campus and connect youth Step 4: Connect youth to community resources


ConnecGng Foster Youth to Resources



Financial Aid Support

•  Complete Free ApplicaGon Federal Student Aid •  Acquire supporGng documents •  Priority Enrollment •  Board of Governors Fee Waiver •  Chafee Grant and other foster youth scholarship opportuniGes •  Provide technical assistance with other financial maiers


Campus Support Program and Services

•  Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) •  CooperaGve Agencies Resources for EducaGon (CARE) •  CalWorks/Medi-Cal •  Disabled Student Programs and Services •  Childcare center/ParenGng Support •  Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success-ILP (if campus has program)


Academic/Career ExploraGon

32 •  Assessment TesGng •  OrientaGon •  Development of EducaGonal Plan •  Tutoring •  Career Counseling/Advising •  Work/Study •  Job placement assistance


Housing Resources

•  ConnecGng students with AB 12 Extended Foster Care services •  THP-Plus/THP + Foster Care •  Off Campus Housing Support


34 •  Leiers of recommendaGon •  Transfer services •  Awards ceremony for foster youth compleGng cerGficates or degrees •  GraduaGon cap and gown



Off Campus Partnerships

•  Develop off-campus partnerships •  Develop partnerships with non-profits, K-12 and other higher educaGon partners •  Outreach


Resources for FYSI Liaisons

•  FYSI Webpage •  FYSI Listserve •  FYSI PromoGonal Materials •  Web Based OrientaGon and Training Modules •  FYSI Annual Training •  Quarterly Regional RepresentaGves Advisory •  Statewide Foster Youth Success IniGaGve Liaison •  FYSI Training Manual


Foster Youth Success IniGaGve Manual

SecGon 1: Foster Youth Background SecGon 2: StarGng an FYSI Program SecGon 3: Financial Aid SecGon 4: Data CollecGon/LegislaGon SecGon 5: Resources for Students SecGon 6: Glossary and Appendix


•  Resource guide provides informaGon about programs and services available to support foster youth •  Provides step by step instrucGons on how to apply for college, available scholarships and importance of college degree College & Financial Aid Resources for Students


Statewide Foster Youth Success IniGaGve Liaison •  Overall program coordinator •  Maintains FYSI content and materials •  Facilitates orientaGon/other training •  Support Regional RepresentaGves Advisory •  ParGcipates in foster youth focused workgroups •  Collaborates with various state agencies (CDE, CDSS, CSAC)


FYSI Liaison Events and AcGviGes

•  Foster Youth Summit (Cabrillo, Norco College) •  Cash 4 College Workshops •  Local Foster Youth Higher EducaGon Commiiees •  First Art Slam (Solano College) •  Independent City Santa Clara County (Mission College and neighboring colleges) •  May is Foster Care Awareness Month AcGviGes (statewide) •  Provide workshop at conferences highlighGng FYSI program •  And many more!!


Helpful Websites

•  Foster Youth Success IniGaGve: hip://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/ StudentServices/FosterYouthSuccessIniGaGves.aspx •  FoundaGon for California Community College hips://foundaGonccc.org/ •  I Can Afford College: hip://icanaffordcollege.com/


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