Without traditional family support, foster youth emancipated at the age of 18 can face an abrupt transition to adulthood. This period of adjustment is difficult enough without the added stress of trying to navigate higher education. The Guardian Scholars program at Santa Barbara City College supports these young people in their pursuit of a college education, providing resources and guidance participants need to succeed in school.
Because of our donors, the SBCC Foundation has provided nearly $75,000 in the last four years to the Guardian Scholars program.
For many students in the program, making friendships with others who have lived through the same, or similar life experiences, is invaluable. Students form a supportive peer community, which is strengthened through group meetings and an annual family-style Thanksgiving Dinner in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining at SBCC.
This year, students in the Guardian Scholars program have each made three wishes for items they would like to receive this holiday season. Those donors interested in making these wishes come true can contact Alejandra Martinez by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (805) 966-0581 ext. 2279.
Author: Jessica Tade