Foster Youth Services

Cypress College is pleased to offer a variety of resources to assist emancipated students exiting the foster care system. Our Student Support Services programs can assist you with the transition to college.  If you are a former foster youth, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office (located on the 1st Floor of the Cypress College Complex) and our Extended Opportunity Program & Services Office (located on the 2nd Floor of the Cypress College Complex) for assistance.
 
Our Student Services programs at Cypress College offer the following benefits for emancipated foster youth:
  • Assistance with completing college entrance forms.
  • Financial Aid application assistance.
  • Academic advising.
  • Personalize staff assistance to help direct you to the appropriate resources.
  • Priority assistance finding on-campus jobs (for those who qualify).
  • Assistance finding housing.
  • Workshops for career and academic success.
  • Friendship and support by Cypress College faculty/staff.
Guardian Scholars Program (Orange County only)
If you are exiting the Orange County foster care system and between the ages of 17-23, you may be eligible for our Guardian Scholars program. Our Guardian Scholars receive up to $3,500 per year in funding from the Orangewood Children's Foundation through the Children's Trust Fund. If you are an Orange County foster youth and would like to know more about the Cypress College Guardian Scholars program, please contact Marion Shocklee at (714) 484-7371.
 
 
 
The priority application date for 2013-14 is June 1, 2013
 
 
Extended Opportunity Program & Services (All Counties)
California Foster Youth from all counties may be eligible for admission to our EOPS program, regardless of application date (some restrictions may apply). Please contact Dr. Gilbert Contreras, EOPS Manager at (714) 484-7277 for information about how foster youth can apply for and receive admission to the Cypress College EOPS program. 
 
FOSTER YOUTH RESOURCES & LINKS
Highly recommended for foster youth by the Cypress College Guardian Scholars Advisory team. This resource helps students prepare for college and connects them with adults who can help provide tips, tools, and resources.

"BuildFutures" Providing the key to Youth Success.

Supports and enables homeless youth 18-24 years old to become independent, contributing members of our community while providing them with wrap around services.

Cal Fresh Program. Formerly known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program "SNAP".
Provides qualified households & individuals with healthy and nutritional food.

California Community College Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)
Services offered through the California Community College System to serve Emancipated Foster Youth. Look under "Student Support/Student Services".

California State University, Fullerton's Guardian Scholars Program
The CSUF Guardian Scholars program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound emancipated foster youth succeed in higher education.

Chafee Grant for Emancipated Foster Youth
A financial assistance grant set up to support specifically emancipated foster youth that want to attend college.

County of Orange Social Services, including Foster Youth Services
County of Orange Social Services Referrals.

Independent Living Program through Social Services Agency
Program and services provided to serve Orange County Emancipated Foster Youth.

Los Angeles County Independent Living Home Page
Website for transitioning current or former foster youth.

Los Angels County Low-cost Health Care Resources
Guide to L. A. County free and low cost health care services.

Orange County 2-1-1 Get Connected/Get Answers
Resource site for services available for foster youth.

Orange County Food Banks
Food banks offering support to Emancipated Foster Youth.

Orange County Public Health Services
List of health clinics in Orange County.

Orange County Social Service Agency
Resource for Orange County social services.

Orangewood Foundation
Orangewood Foundation is services for foster youth.

Recovery Education Institute
Program designed to help promote personal growth and recovery for people who experience psychiatric symptoms.

Renaissance Scholars Program
A university scholarship program available at Cal Poly Pomona for emancipated foster youth.

Riverside County Office of Education
Services offered for Emancipated Foster Youth.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Distributes food throughout Orange County.

Some One Cares
Meals for individuals who are in need.

StandUP For Kids
Referrals for Emancipated Foster Youth up to age 26 for many services in Orange County, including homelessness and hunger issues.

THP Plus
Housing for homeless.

Transportation through Orange County Social Services
Free bus passes for Independent Living Program "ILP" eligible former foster youth (ages 16 - 21).

Western Center on Law & Poverty
Western Center fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low income Californians.
 
Financial Aid Checklist

Cypress Quote

There is always someone available in financial aid to answer any questions that I may have pertaining to student loans.
-Anna Scott
Engineering
 

Contact Information

Cypress College Complex,
1st Floor

Office Hours:
Mon - Thur: 8a.m. - 6p.m. Fri: 8a.m. - noon.

Summer Office Hours:
Mon - Thur: 8a.m. - 5p.m.

Phone: 714-484-7114
 

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