higher education


California Invests in Education for Incarcerated Youth 

Amid historic reforms to California’s youth justice system, the state is investing in higher education for young people in lockups.

Transition-Aged Foster Youth Deserve Supplies and More


Transition-Aged Foster Youth Deserve Supplies and More

There are various ways to ensure all transitional-aged foster youth are able to receive necessary supplies for school, writes Jasmine Mora.

Never Too Old for a Full Backpack


Never Too Old for a Full Backpack

As I got older and eventually entered college, I realized support was not something I could rely on forever, writes Alex Guerrero.

Cycling Through Foster Care and Juvenile Detention


Plant the Seeds of Success

All it takes is just a little notice, a glance, and a bit of water to prove that not every plant is so defeatable. I like to think that we, foster youth, are the same way, writes Loe Renee.


California Expands College Education for Youth in Juvenile Detention Centers

Project Change offers college classes inside San Mateo County’s juvenile hall, as California expands similar opportunities statewide.

Getting Support to Succeed After Reunification


Getting the Support to Succeed After Reunification

Because of reunification, I wasn’t able to receive the same support that those who age out of foster care receive, writes Erial Pree.

    The Financial Life of a College Student


    The Financial Life of a College Student

    Youth who have experienced foster care have to pay for college by themselves without being taught how to handle money, writes Izzy Wagner.

    The Power of Community


    The Power of Community

    In October, I attended the Blueprint for Success Conference hosted by John Burton Advocates for Youth, which brings together professionals who support foster youth in higher education. After a few years of the conference being on hiatus because of the pandemic, we were finally able to convene.


    While Supplies Last

    There I was, freshly graduated from high school, knowing that I had been accepted as a first generation college student to attend Fresno State University. Yet, I remember being very sad because I did not know what to expect or what college was going to be like.