LACC Guardian Scholars Program












The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current, former or emancipated foster youth who are pursing a path within higher education. GSP’s mission is to support the well-being and empower students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and/or transfer to a university while providing academic and personal guidance. GSP services include priority registration, academic and personal counseling, tutoring, financial aid/CHAFEE assistance, book loans, workshops, social and cultural events, housing and job referrals, and leadership opportunities. GSP offers a welcoming space on campus at the Guardian Scholars Center. The Center provides access to computers, printing, food/meals, school supplies and more. 



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 Find the full New York Times article
"Out of Foster Care, Into College" here.


Find the full Los Angeles Times article
"Life After Foster Care" here.


Find the full Los Angeles Times article
"Students Raised in Foster System Honored for Completing College" here.




arrowbulletCurrent of former foster youth
arrowbulletEnrolled in current semester as a full time student
arrowbulletBetween the ages of 16-24
arrowbulletMaintain a 2.0 GPA


 Financial Aid Package:   

arrowbulletAssistance in acquiring grant
arrowbulletScholarship packages
arrowbulletEmergency funding to help with tuition, supplies, and living expenses

Academic Advisement:

arrowbulletAssistance with class selection
arrowbulletRegistering for courses and long-term planning to meet your educational goal of obtaining any trade, degree, or transferring to a university

Tutoring & Mentoring:

arrowbulletReceive support in specific subject areas
arrowbulletOne-on-one peer mentorship

Supplemental Support Services:
arrowbulletAssistance with child care
arrowbulletTransportation help

arrowbulletBook and supply vouchers

Employment Services & Career Counseling:
arrowbulletResume building
arrowbulletJob Shadowing

arrowbulletJob placement

Personal Guidance, Counseling, Tutoring:

arrowbulletRegular contact with a consistent counselor to develop and monitor an education plan

arrowbulletAssistance with finding housing
arrowbulletReferrals and priority with year-round housing agencies 


Why is GSP important?

The percentage of foster youth attending college is 2-5%. Guardian Scholars exists to support the needs of foster youth in higher education so that we can change the outcomes of foster youth and pave a path for future generations.


How many people are in your organization?

The program began in Fall 2009 with 35 students; today, GS serves 128 students.



California Youth Connection (

First Place for Youth (

California College Pathways (

United Friends of the Children (

John Burton Foundation (

Foster Care Counts (

Alliance for Children's Rights (

Department of Children and Family Services (








Veronica A. Garcia, M.S.
Program Director
Marisol Aguilar, M.S.
Academic Advisor
Myra Infante
Lead Program Assistant
Jon Lee
Tutoring Coordinator
Sergio Garcia
English/Math Tutor
Tania Carpena
Program Coordinator
Lidia Bernal
Student Coordinator




Los Angeles City College
Student Services Village, Rm 127
Phone: (323) 953 - 4000 ext.2345