Saturday, June 23 , 2018, 3:30 pm | Overcast with Haze 67º


Southern California Edison Awards $5,000 Grant to SBCC’s Foster Youth Program

Guardian Scholars supports former foster youths in their efforts to gain a college education

The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College recently received a $5,000 grant from Southern California Edison for the Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program.

The comprehensive program supports former foster youths in their efforts to gain a college education through financial aid, housing, academic advisement, employment services, career counseling, personal guidance and tutoring, and supplemental support services such as child care, transportation help, books and meal vouchers.

Every year, about 4,000 youths age out of California’s foster-care system upon reaching age 18, and in the past five years, the number of foster children in Santa Barbara County who require these services has increased 81 percent.

This group is particularly vulnerable because many lack a supportive family structure, as almost half of all foster youths live in five homes between ages 14 and 18 and attend at least as many schools during that period.

According to studies released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, less than 2 percent of former foster youth complete college, 65 percent of California’s prison population have spent some time in foster care, and 40 percent of those living in state homeless shelters are former foster youth.

With these staggering statistics in mind, the Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program at SBCC plays a key role in providing a wide range of educational opportunities for emancipated foster youth, many of whom also struggle with basic reading, writing and mathematics. At SBCC, former foster youth can pursue academic studies according to their skill level, ultimately achieving an associate’s degree and/or transferring to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree. These students can also look to SBCC’s career and technical education for certificate programs that will quickly qualify them for employment in rewarding fields.

The ability to move rapidly into careers can be extremely important for students who struggle financially and seek to become self-sufficient.

Through the grant from Southern California Edison, the Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program will be able to provide up to 85 foster youths attending SBCC with mentorship and tools to become successful members of the community.

— Genesis Lopez is a publicist representing the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >