College Preparatory Help

AP Readiness Program

The AP Readiness Program is designed with two interconnected goals in mind. The program aims to improve the teaching abilities of AP instructors while simultaneously giving students the skills they will need to be successful in college level classes. AP Readiness allows students to work with master math/science teachers, who prepare them for the rigorous curriculum that they will face in AP courses. Concurrently, their AP teachers observe and learn from the master instructors, gathering a framework for how to successfully conduct an AP course. This unique program allows for students and teachers to learn together. Both teachers and students also become an essential part of a network of AP support and excellence.

Registration for the 2011-2012 AP Readiness Program is now available. Please visit our Application page to enroll. 

California College Pathways Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide

Important Tips for Applying to a California State University: If you are applying to a CSU school, then please read this document first! It contains important information any foster youth or former foster youth should know about filling out the CSU Mentor application. This planning guide contains checklists, tips and information to support foster youth from 7th grade through 12th grade who dream of a college education. If you would like more information, please contact Jenny Vinopal at or (562) 951-4734.

       Download the CCP Guide in PDF format here: is an excellent source for anyone wanting to apply to college. It offers help planning out your class schedule (starting when you're in the 8th grade) so you make sure you're meeting all of the state requirements for applying 4-year universities, helps you find programs that are right for you, offers a financial aid search for scholarships and even helps you fill out the FAFSA (the long application everyone needs to fill out in order to be eligible for financial aid), and provides you with free career assessments to help you figure out which career is best for you.

California College Pathways Project

The goal of the California College Pathways Project is to increase the number of foster youth in California who enter higher education and achieve an academic outcome by expanding access to campus support programs, such as the Guardian Scholars Program, the Renaissance Scholars Program and other successful approaches to supporting former foster youth on campus.

College Board

Information on preparing and registering for the SATs, determining the right college for you or a youth in your care, applying to college, and paying for college. Information provided to both youth and their caregivers.

El Camino College  (Have patience. Their link can take a minute or so to load.)

El Camino College offers quality educational programs and services will help you get where you want to go. Whether you plan to transfer to a university, or obtain important career skills, Compton Center has a program designed to guide you on your path to success.  

Steps to register: is an easy guide to get you through the registration process.

Guardian Scholars

Information on a support program for foster youth planning on attending Cal State Fullerton University. If accepted, scholarships are provided. Application details available.

Important Tips

Important tips for any student thinking about attending or ready to apply for college. Contains information on college requirements, financial aid deadlines, tips for getting more financial aid, and other relevant facts.

Los Angeles City College Guardian Scholars Program

If you're a current or former foster youth, between the ages of 16 – 24, and looking to attend LACC, then contact this program! They will help you with academic advisement, financial aid, housing, employment services, mentoring, tutoring, personal guidance and counseling, or any other type of support you might need. Call (323) 953-4011.

        Download further information in pdf format here:  

Los Angeles Southwest College

LASC provides an environment for quality learning by offering career and technical education in 47 areas that provides a bridge to higher education. 

Apply for admission Upward Bound Program: If you are in high school and aspire to go into college, the Upward Bound Program may be for you.  This is a pre-college program that gives instruction in core curricular areas, cultural field trips, tutoring, and mentoring.

Middle College High School: Housed on the LASC campus, Middle College High School is an educational collaboration which enables students to begin taking college courses in ninth grade, thereby making it possible to graduate from high school at college sophomore or junior status.

Renaissance Scholars

Information on a support program for foster youth planning on attending Cal Poly Pomona University. Application details available.

Teen Web/My Life College Info

Want information on colleges?  Investigate what kind of college you want to go to, or how much money it might cost.

Teen Web/Events College Student Smart Programs

Want help to study for the SATs or ACT?  Find free information and practice test sessions here.

UFC's College Sponsorship Programs — College Within Reach, Destination: College

Information on programs that offer scholarships and support to foster and probation youth attending four-year colleges/universities throughout the country (the application process is usually between October and January of each year, for graduating high school seniors or community college transfer students only).

By building relationships with youth over an extended period, UFC's programs focus on commitment and consistency. By forging trusting relationships with the youth in our programs, we are addressing the single most critical emotional need for foster youth.

Young Black Scholars

The mission of the Young Black Scholars (YBS) program is to enhance the academic performance of African American high school youth through enrichment workshops and programs which support and prepare scholars to be competitively eligible for University admissions and success.

Young Black Scholars is a serious program dedicated to ensuring college preparation; leadership development, community responsibility and successful life planning. YBS conducts more than 40 workshops, programs, seminars and conferences throughout the academic year, to assist scholars and parents in preparation for college admissions, selection and success. In an effort to expose students to the college environment, YBS activities are hosted on the campuses of colleges and universities.

Young Black Scholars also provides on-going mentoring of scholars' academic achievement, academic learning support services such as college application assistance, campus tours, SAT & ACT prep, math & science workshops, etc., enrichment learning experiences, reward for academic achievement and of course academic advising!

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success — Independent Living Program (YESS-ILP)

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living. The YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency

The YESS-ILP Program offers a series of workshops/resources for foster students ages 16-21 to develop life skills and learn about our academic/vocational programs.

YESS-ILP participants:

      • Learn how to navigate the opportunities at the Compton Center

      • Earn college units

      • Make-up high school credits

      • Learn about the financial aid process focusing on foster youth

      • Receive information on student services like EOP&S, Transfer Center, and Cal Works

      • Receive assistance with earning a high school diploma

      • Earn job skills and job training

      • Receive employment counseling and exploration

      • Learn how to transition into independent living

      • Enjoy a host field trips, guest speakers and prizes

Participants will get refreshments, a t-shirt, book bag, and school supplies. If a student completes the YESS-ILP program and registers as a full-time Compton Center student (12 units or more) the student will be eligible for a Student Ambassador Job.

For further information, contact: Johnny J. Conley, M.Ed., Outreach Specialist, Outreach & Relations with Schools • Telephone: (310) 900·1600 Ext 2767 Email: