[Reposted from the John Burton Foundation Newsletter]

Youth Shadow Day at Capitol on Thursday

The third annual Foster Youth Job Shadow Day will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012. This event, led by the California Youth Connection, pairs current and former foster youth with members of the Legislature. The day will also include a program from 5:00 to 7:00 in the CSAC conference room. For more information, follow this LINK.



The EOPS Summer Institute is a summer bridge college readiness program designed to prepare graduating high school seniors and current juniors for the transition from high school to college. The program is a six-week academic college readiness that helps prepare students for life as a college student. Through academic preparatory classes and an extended Orientation to College class, SI grads complete the program ready to be successful college students. The program combines academic advancement, with community building and fun activities (e.g., free field trip to UC Berkeley and free community pizza lunches) to help students build friendships and get ready for life as a college student.

If you are looking for a way to bridge the gap between high school and college, the Summer Institute may be the perfect opportunity for you. To enroll in the program, visit the EOPS Summer Institute link below:

EOPS Summer Institute

June 18 – July 26, 2012
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 1:50pm


Applications to become a new Diablo Valley College EOPS student are now available in the EOPS Office. Students who are accepted in the program are eligible for a wide variety of valuable services to help them succeed in college, including the following:

  • Priority registration – Be one of the first students allowed to register for classes
  • Academic, career, and personal counseling – Two counselors are dedicated to seeing EOPS students only. This means it might be easier for EOPS students to get counseling appointments
  • Book vouchers – Free money to help you pay for some of your expensive textbooks
  • Tutoring – Free peer-to-peer tutoring available in certain subjects
  • and much, much more!

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) your first semester in the program (a 9-unit minimum exception can be made for parent students and foster youth)
  • Not have an Associate Degree or higher or more than 70 degree applicable units
  • Be qualified to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver

The program will be accepting applications beginning Monday, July 2nd, but only the first 200 eligible students will be accepted. To ensure your spot in the program, stop by the EOPS Office to pick up an application, or contact your START coordinators for more information.

For more information about EOPS, visit their website: www.dvc.edu/eops

With a course catalog over 300 pages, new degrees and certificates being offered every year, and more competition to get into classes, no wonder finding the right classes to take each semester can be challenging.

If you are current or former foster youth attending DVC, or looking to enroll at the college, and would like some help planning your classes for the summer and fall semester, your START coordinators are available to assist. Contact START today to set up an appointment to discuss your educational and career goals and make sure you are picking the right classes to prepare for your future.

Beyond Emancipation, a foster youth support program based in Alameda County, is offering an opportunity for former and current foster youth college students to receive textbook money for summer classes. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

        • Be a former dependent of Alameda County and was in a foster home, group home, or residential treatment program at age 16 or 17.
        • Be between the ages of 18 – 22.
        • Be enrolled in a college or vocational program accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), whether or not you have received your high school diploma or GED.

To get more information and to download an application, please visit the Beyond Emancipation link: http://www.beyondemancipation.org/bookmoney.php