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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

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

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.


Fall FYSI Regional Representatives - September 23, 2014

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