The School Success Project’s purpose is to help identify the educational needs of youth in foster care. This includes stable school placement, assess student’s educational strengths/deficits and provide intervention in and out of the classroom. The Educational Liaisons will provide students in foster care with the following academic support, services and resources: Attend Team Decision Making meetings (TDM), Provide support and information regarding Special Education process and 504 plan eligibility, Obtain school records from previous schools and conduct transcript reviews, Ensure compliance with AB 490 mandates, Assess academic processes and make referrals to remediation, Assist with enrollment, discipline and placement issues, Provide guidance to CWS staff, school district and school site person
TAY Academy provides a safe, inclusive, youth-led environment planned at five locations throughout San Diego County. The program is a collaborative effort between SDYS, YMCA, and South Bay Community Services to offer resources and give support to transition aged youth (ages 14-25). TAY Academy is designed to be a one-stop center for comprehensive services and support on their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. Each center offers skill-development workshops, fitness, nutrition, and educational classes. There are also support groups, leadership opportunities, fun activities, and connection coaches on-site. TAY Academy is a “HUB” for transition age youth in accessing resources, focusing on environmental and personal safety. TAY Academy is dedicated to serving at-risk youth in a manner which is knowledgeable of, and sensitive to, the trauma occurring in their lives. Youth from all interest groups and cultural backgrounds are welcome at each center.
Tutor Connection is a collaborative program, which provides high quality, free tutoring services to students in foster care between the ages of 5-18. The program is a joint effort between San Diego County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (SDCOE, FYSCP), California State University, San Marcos, College of Education and Office of Community Service Learning, San Diego State University, San Diego County, Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Services (HHSA, CWS). Students in foster care receive tutoring that varies among subject specific, remediation and study skills/organizational methods. All youth referred to the program must commit to work with their tutor for up to three (3) hours per week for 12 weeks
For further information, contact Michelle Bailow: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-683-9340 x25.
Guardian Scholars supports our foster youth who wish to obtain a university, community college, or trade school education. This vital resource provides students with the financial assistance and support to fulfill their dreams of attaining higher education.
A four-day summer camp in the mountains of Julian where siblings who are placed in different homes, can connect through activities such as horseback riding, swimming, music therapy and zip lining, among others.
Royal Family Kids Camp and Mentoring Clubs:
In 2016 alone, over 8,000 campers were able to experience fun at a Royal Family KIDS Camp. From Alaska to Florida, Australia to Wales, our camps serve children across the country and around the globe. In many locations, a Mentoring Club also takes place, allowing children the chance to develop ongoing relationships with Camp Staff throughout the year. These long-term positive relationships with caring adults from local churches, help children develop self-confidence and a feeling of belonging to a community. Royal Family KDIS helps create fun, positive memories for a child in need of care and love.
To send your child to Camp and Mentoring Club, please locate the closest Camp and Mentoring Club to you and contact that local Director. They will be able to help you!
Fostering Quality Education
Empowering California's foster youth to make fully-informed decisions about their college options.
FosteringQualityEducation.org is a project of theChildren's Advocacy Institute (CAI), with funding from Community Initiatives. Founded as part of the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989, CAI is one of the nation's premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of all children and youth, with special emphasis on reforming the child protection and foster care systems and improving outcomes for youth aging out of foster care.
California College Pathways
By engaging institutions to work together, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support foster youth in higher education, California College Pathways is helping foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers.
San Diego Community College District:
San Diego Community College District includes three schools: San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College. They offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing Education's Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) also offers classes leading to associate degrees and certificates.
San Diego Continuing Education:
Providing ongoing learning opportunities, preparing diverse individuals for career advancement, a college education, or enriched lives through good health and personal fulfillment.