Of the 400,000 youth in the foster system nationally, 19,000 are in Los Angeles County. Our county has more foster kids than any other county and more than some states. What better place to create a new model than right here?
College is not always the best option for every child, but each should be given the opportunity to consider going to college as part of their reality and not have the path automatically closed off to them, just because they are part of the foster system.
Under current California law, students who have served in the armed forces or are disabled are allowed to enroll early in classes at the California State Universities, UCs and Community Colleges. A current bill in Sacramento would extend this privilege to foster youth.