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The School Counselor Shortage: How Digital Solutions Help Schools Fill the Gaps 

A number of college advocacy groups have sprung up using digital solutions to kick-start the slow growth of low-income students in higher education.   Virtual guidance-counseling services have grown with both new services and existing ones leveraging technology – mobile, social media and data analytics – to boost access and engagement.  Read on...

 

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How schools can boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents

Many parents are unfamiliar with the process of applying to college in today's fast paced world. Developing a parent engagement plan does not have to be a complex activity.

See our list of innovative parent engagement practices and the Hechinger Report exploring how to boost first generation college graduation rates by building relationships with the students’ parents.  Read on...

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California Higher Education Bills to Watch

EdSource is tracking several higher education bills that were introduced this year in the California Legislature. The bills would address a range of issues that impact transition age youth.  Check out their bill tracker to stay informed on each of piece of legislation.  Read on...

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FAFSA Misperceptions: Here’s What Families Should Know

No parent is alone in the struggle with figuring out how to cover college costs.   Sallie Mae's annual survey on How America Pays for College finds that many families struggle to navigate FAFSA.   The survey results include information on how families saved and paid for school, along with some of the reasoning behind college choices.

Check out the survey results so you can see how your ideas for paying for college measure up to what families are actually doing.  Read on...

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Transforming California's Division of Juvenile Justice

California Governor Gavin Newsom is using approximately $12.8 billion of the state budget on transforming the criminal justice system.  The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will be transferred from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to the Department of Health and Human Services and the juvenile justice system will also get a new name to match its mission: the Department of Youth and Community RestorationRead on...

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LAUSD Consolidates Counselors for Foster and Homeless Students

The Los Angeles Unified School Disrict (LAUSD) Foster Youth Achievement Program which focuses on foster youth school attendance, educational achievement and social-emotional well-being, is being restructured.  The district is combining five specialized student programs together to streamline counseling services for LAUSD’s highest-need pupils.   Read on...

More Teens Than Ever Suffer From Severe Anxiety: What Teachers Can Do

According to National Education Association (NEA) and the Pew Research Center analysis anxiety and depression is an an epidemic among U.S. teens.  Every educator knows at least one student who expresses anxiety, stress, or depression.  Consider these 5 strategies that you can use to help your students reduce stress and build resilience.  Read on...

Independent Living

Housing options for youth leaving foster care can sometimes be limited.   The good news is there are a number of housing options available for former foster youth, including placements where you can live on your own such as Supervised Independent Living Settings.  Read on...

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Promotes Youth Mental Wellness

In May 2019, the Born This Way Foundation and California’s Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) released California Youth Mental Health: Understanding Resource Availability and Preferences, a survey of nearly 500 California youth ages 13 to 24 exploring how they view their own mental wellness, their access to key mental health resources and innovations and what they want those resources to look like.  Read on...

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Free Phones and Internet for Foster Youth

Young people in California's foster system will get FREE cellphones and internet access under a unique program that will bridge a digital divide.  The phones come with an unlimited calling plan, wireless service and mobile hotspot.  Eligible youth can apply now.  Read on...

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Scholarships For Undocumented Students

Undocumented students are not eligible for U.S. federal student aid. However, some may be eligible for state student financial aid programs, college-specific financial aid programs and private scholarships.

Check out this list of undergraduate scholarships that don't require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.  Scholarships are listed January through December deadlines.  Big thank you to the folks at Immigrants Rising for compiling this list.  Read on...

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Scholarships by Minority Status

Not sure which scholarship is right for you?  There is a plethora of scholarships available and the first step is finding ones that fit your characteristics and lifestyle.

We have broken down a handy list of scholarships by minority.  Whether you are an African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, gay, bisexual, transgender, or a woman, you'll benefit.  Read on...

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Medi-Cal Eligibility for DACA

Posted January 15, 2019 by Katrice McCorkle

Did you know that California Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are eligible for full medical coverage?  That's right...DACA grantees may qualify for Medi-Cal regardless of  immigration status.   Read on...

High School Exit Options for Transition Age Youth

Posted November 30, 2018 by Katrice McCorkle

Pathways to college and careers are out there!  Whether you are a special-needs, foster, homeless, immigrant, incarcerated or other disadvantaged youth, there are a number of opportunities and programs available to help you leave high school prepared for college, career and life.

We've compiled a list to help you find pathways that best meet your needs.  Read on...

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12 Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Getting Into the Colleges of Your Choices

Posted November 15, 2018, by Eric L. Moore

College admission officers carefully assess your high school grades, courses, test scores, essays, activities, recommendations, and interviews, if required.  You will increase your chances of getting into the colleges of your choice by following these twelve tips:  Read On...

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Parent Engagement: A Key Strategy for Workforce Development 

Posted October 30, 2018 by Eric L. Moore

Across the world and across all industries, a successful business – and economy – is dependent on educated, highly skilled workers. Unfortunately, California’s higher education system is not keeping up with the economy’s changing needs.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, if current trends continue, it is projected that by 2030 California will face a large skills gap with more that 1 million workers with bachelor’s degrees short of economic demand.     Read On...

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Filing for Financial Aid Over the Summer

Posted June 2018, by Eric L. Moore

School’s out for summer, but it’s always a good time to take a look at filing for financial aid. The biggest thing students should realize is they can apply for financial aid starting October 1 the fall semester prior to starting the upcoming fall year.  So if they want to apply for financial aid for this upcoming fall, the application was open last October.

Understanding the process will help you avoid common mistakes that affect your eligibility for funding.  Following is our list of top 10 financial aid tips to prepare for the financial aid application process.  Read On...