Foster Youth Programs

Foster Youth Programs at Skyline College create a network of support that will meet the academic, social, emotional, and financial needs of college-bound students who are transitioning out of the foster care system. The program is fully committed to empowering these youth to become self-supporting, conscious community leaders, role models, and competent professionals in their fields of interest.

The Guardian Scholars and NextUP programs both provide a comprehensive support system to help you achieve an A.A./A.S. degree, complete a certificate program or transfer to a four-year institution.

Skyline College offers two programs to support foster youth. To get started, apply to Skyline College and then fill out our program application to get connected.

Two Available Programs:

Guardian Scholars

  • Be enrolled at Skyline College
  • You qualify if you have been part of the foster youth system and are under the age of 26

NextUP Program

  • Be enrolled at Skyline College
  • You may qualify if you were in the foster care system after your 13th birthday

If you aren't sure which program to apply for, submit an application and we will guide you.

Resources & Services:

  •  Financially:
    • 1-1 scholarship assistance
    • Access to additional monies
    • Financial Aid Liaison
    • Loan Program
    • Meal Vouchers
    • Transportation Assistance
  •  Academically:
    • Career & College Exploration Field Trips
    • Laptop Loaners & Free Printing
    • Priority registration (upon eligibility)
    • Textbooks & School Supplies
  •  And more:
    • Hands-on life skills workshops
    • Student Lounge

Donate to GSP

NextUP is grant-funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office, but Guardian Scholars is a Skyline College program that needs your support.

If you are financially able to support college-bound students transitioning out of the foster care system, consider donating to the Guardian Scholars Program. Simply visit the SMCCC Foundation Donation Page, and please note "Skyline College Guardian Scholars Program" in the comments.