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
The Cypress College Guardian Scholars Program is available for all current and former foster youth attending the college to ensure their academic, career, and personal success. Program benefits include: academic advising, assistance to access financial aid/grants/scholarships, and referrals for on and off campus resources. Guardian Scholars in located in the EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs office on the second floor of the Cypress College Complex in room 201. If you would like to know more about the Guardian Scholars Program, please contact Ashley Berry, EOPS Student Services Specialist, at (714) 484-7238.
Extended Opportunity Program & Services
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 Ashley Berry, EOPS Student Services Specialist, at (714) 484-7238 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.
Supports and enables homeless youth 18-24 years old to become independent, contributing members of our community while providing them with wrap around services.
Formerly known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program “SNAP”.
Provides qualified households & individuals with healthy and nutritional food.
Services offered through the California Community College System to serve Emancipated Foster Youth. Look under “Student Support/Student Services”.
The CSUF Guardian Scholars program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound emancipated foster youth succeed in higher education.
A financial assistance grant set up to support specifically emancipated foster youth that want to attend college.
County of Orange Social Services Referrals.
Program and services provided to serve Orange County Emancipated Foster Youth.
Website for transitioning current or former foster youth.
Guide to L. A. County free and low cost health care services.
Resource site for services available for foster youth.
Food banks offering support to Emancipated Foster Youth.
List of health clinics in Orange County.
Resource for Orange County social services.
Orangewood Foundation is services for foster youth.
Program designed to help promote personal growth and recovery for people who experience psychiatric symptoms.
A university scholarship program available at Cal Poly Pomona for emancipated foster youth.
Services offered for Emancipated Foster Youth.
Distributes food throughout Orange County.
Meals for individuals who are in need.
Referrals for Emancipated Foster Youth up to age 26 for many services in Orange County, including homelessness and hunger issues.
Housing for homeless.
Free bus passes for Independent Living Program “ILP” eligible former foster youth (ages 16 – 21).
Western Center fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low income Californians.