Foster Youth Success Initiatives (FYSI)

FYSI Mission:

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) has recognized that there is a significant deficit regarding youth from foster care attending higher education. Acknowledging this need, they are sponsoring a concerted effort called the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to bring issues affecting these youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access postsecondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but are often unknown to them.

Through the vision of the CCCCO, to create a statewide outreach and retention effort to better serve current and former youth from care, the FYSI was established. FYSI was built through CCCCO leadership and a strong foundation of individuals representing a myriad of agencies and postsecondary educational institutions that have formed a true collaborative effort that has evolved to become a statewide FYSI taskforce. The goals of this initiative are to improve:

  • Access to student services and resources
  • Access to academic support
  • Retention
  • Academic performance
  • Completion of units
  • Completion of programs and degree
  • Transfer rates to baccalaureate

FYSI Resources

  • CCCCO Advisory on Foster Youth and Emancipated Foster Youth Priority Registration (coming soon)
  • FYSI verification of Foster Youth Status (pdf)
  • CDSS All County Letter on Foster Youth Documentation (pdf)
  • Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success Version 2 (pdf)
  • Foster Youth Resource List - updated March, 2014 (word)
  • Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth County Legal Referral (pdf)
  • 2007 Foster Youth Success Initiative Manual (pdf)
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative Manual (word)
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative Resource Guide (word/pdf)
  • County Independent Living Program Contacts - Updated April, 2014 (xls)
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison ListServ (word)
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative Partners ListServ (word)
  • THP-Plus Provider List (pdf - only available in pdf)
  • AB 12 for Higher Ed Hot Topic Webinar (pptx)
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative Student Success Orientation Framework Overview (pdf)     
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative Student Success Orientation Framework (pdf)
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative Student Success Orientation Framework - Student Handbook (pdf)
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative Toolkit (word)
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative Brochure (pdf)
    • Foster Youth Success Initiative Outreach Powerpoint (pdf)


FYSI Meeting - March 3 & 4, 2014

Reimbursement Form for Travel Expense Claim (
W-9 Form (

Printable FYSI Logo

  • Logo CMYK (jpg)
  • Logo CMYK 2 (jpg)
  • Logo RGB (jpg)
  • Logo RGB 2 (jpg)

2012 Foster Youth Success Initiatives Training

  • Handouts (pdf)

 How do I contact my college representative?

Directory of all college FYSI contacts, listed by college (excel)
Directory of all college FYSI contacts, listed by region (excel)

How do I contact the Statewide Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison?

Cindy Garcia can be reached at 916-325-8562 or

Cindy Garcia has been advocating for and serving foster youth for over twenty years. She places a great value on education and has a great passion for working with youth who have been in the foster care system. She feels privileged to combine her passions with this opportunity to support the Foster Youth Liaisons at each of the 112 Community Colleges who in turn support youth who were formerly in foster care to achieve their educational goals. In the past, she has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Supervisor in Texas and California.  She also worked with the California Children’s Lobby and the California Partnership for Children.  She later obtained a Master of Counseling degree and has supported many foster youth in her private counseling practice. Ms. Garcia specializes in treating trauma.  She also had the privilege of becoming a UMASS Boston Fellow in Infant Parent/Mental Health. While living in Yolo County, she and a colleague began a chapter of a nonprofit organization, called, A Home Within, which has a mission of matching current or former foster youth with a pro bono licensed therapist, for as long as the client desires. Ms. Garcia is also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.