California College Pathways


New Data on Barriers Faced by Calif. Foster Youth in College

A new report from the California College Pathways hopes to use data to better illustrate some of the barriers in higher education faced by foster youth. The goal of this analysis is to spur policies, programs and practices that would help more youth achieve success in college.


Foster Care through College Pipeline on Display 

On Tuesday, California College Pathways — a consortium of charitable foundations, policy advocacy groups and college-based service centers for foster youth — will host its annual Blueprint conference in Los Angeles.


Oakland Former Foster Youth Named White House Champion of Change

It was just an ordinary day at the office until Sokhom Mao noticed an email in his inbox from the White House. Three weeks later, he was on a plane traveling from his home in Oakland, Calif., to Washington, D.C., to be honored as a 2015 White House Champion of Change.


Youth Speak: Helping Foster Youth Through The Holidays

This was posted on the California College Pathways website on November 14. By Brianna Roberts, California Scholar The holiday season is normally a time for joy, celebration, laughter and, family. For former or current foster youth the holiday season can be a time where we feel lonely, vulnerable, sad, or, a time when we reflect on what we do not have.


Youth Speak: The Role of Biological Family in Higher Education

This first appeared on the California College Pathways website on April 12, 2014 By Gary Gass Some youth in foster care experience pressure from their biological families when it comes to pursuing higher education – but it’s not always positive pressure.


Foster Youth Leader Running for Oakland City Council

Twenty-six-year old Sokhom Mao has decided to run for Oakland City Council’s second district seat. While there is still ample time before the July 1st 2014 filing date, the former foster youth and current commissioner on both the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission and the Oakland Citizen’s Police Review Board plans to amass a “war chest” going into next year’s election cycle.


    National Effort to Promote College Success of Foster Youth Born in California

    Helping foster youth succeed in higher education was the focus of the 2013 Blueprint Conference held in Los Angeles over two days in October. The John Burton Foundation, which manages the  California College Pathways Initiative, produced the sold-out event that brought professionals from 15 states to learn, share and find solutions.


    USC Launches Trojan Guardian Scholars

    It’s halfway through the fall semester, and the University of Southern California campus is a whir of activity. Students bike, walk and skate their way to classes along sidewalks littered with fallen leaves.