Foster Care Program.

The Foster Care Program welcomes all current and former foster youth to our college!  

We know that college can seem overwhelming but we are here to help you each step of the way.  We work with you individually to assist with direct links and supportive services to ensure that you have a successful college experience.  

To ensure your continued progress in college, we provide you with an educational counselor who will work with you on your educational and career goals, develop an educational plan with classes, and provide you with all kinds of academic information.  

We also have a dedicated Program Specialist who will work with you on filling out financial aid forms, such as helping with your application to Guardian Scholars for foster youth.  We also have specialized trainings and workshops to help with college, life, and career topics so you can get the support you need.  We also work with many different community organizations that can provide books and resources for you to attend college.  Come in and see us!  

Image
Sonya
Image

Our Services.

Any current or former foster youth qualifies for some or all of our services.

  • Priority registration
  • Access to Student Center
  • Access to computers
  • Dedicated financial aid liaison
  • Dedicated academic counselor
  • Textbook loaning library
  • Meal vouchers
  • Free printing
  • Transportation assistance
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Course registration assistance
  • Life skills and career-related workshops    

Tools & Resources

Resources to Support + Strengthen Your Studies

Student Information

YESS Registration Form

Please turn in form along with a dependency letter via e-mail to Teneka Cornish at teneka.cornish@evc.edu.

California Chafee Grant

If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don't have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation, and rent while you are in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. More information can be found at Chafee Grants.

Helpful Resources

  • Bill Wilson Center - Explore housing options, parenting classes, and many other helpful services the Bill Wilson Center provides.
  • Covered til 26 - Need health insurance? Learn about FREE healthcare options.
  • HomeFirst - Research what housing opportunities are available to you.
  • Independent Living Program (ILP) - Explore the transition support services available to foster youth ages 16-21 like budgeting, college enrollment support, housing assistance, and many others.
  • NextUp (CAYFES) - Find out what support services are in place at California Community Colleges for foster youth.

Location/Hours

Room SC-110.SC-110, Student Success Center Building,  first floor

Mon-Thurs: 8AM - 5PM
Fri: 8AM-1PM (Remote)

YESS Team.

Quick Links.

 

Teneka Cornish

Program Assistant
408-274-7900 x6547

Harvey Gipson

Academic Counselor

Annette Ruiz-Esparza

Financial Aid FYSI Liaison
408-223-6790