Programs for School-aged Children (ages 6-17)

First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Summer Academy

The First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is an intense, free, 4-week residential summer program that provides 30 disadvantaged foster youth with the academic support, enrichment and encouragement needed to assist them in becoming competitive applicants for subsequent admission to two and four year colleges, including universities within the UC system. The program also provides grade-appropriate information regarding higher education and presents students with a preview of the collegiate experience. Eligible participants must be:

      1. a Los Angeles County foster youth with an open DCFS Case File;

      2. able to participate in the entire 4-week summer experience;

      3. currently in 8th Grade, entering 9th Grade in Fall 2012.

For information, please contact Wally Kappeler at (310) 825-4160 or by email at

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Verbum Dei

Verbum Dei High School is a Catholic, Jesuit, college and career preparatory complemented by a corporate internship program, serving young men of Watts and the surrounding communities who are economically and academically underserved. The school has a record of graduating 100 percent of its students into colleges and universities, and offers an extensive work/study program in various professional environments. Scholarships are provided to cover tuition costs and fees for all students requiring this assistance. Verbum Dei welcomes applications from foster and/or probation youth and is currently recruiting new students.

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