Guardian Scholars supports the holistic success of Cal State LA students who are current or former foster youth, wards of the court, or were previously under legal guardianship.
What We Do
We provide a wide-range of services to help students get the most out of their University experiences to earn their degree.
We provide pre-admission counseling through outreach and recruitment events in partnership with Los Angeles County, caregivers, service providers, and other community-based programs that support foster youth.
Comprehensive support services include:
- Educational counseling and academic advisement
- Financial aid guidance
- Priority registration
- Book grants
- Transportation subsidies
- On-campus housing support
- Career exploration workshops
On-site/Remote Coordination with LA County
Los Angeles County Independent Living Program (ILP) coordination occurs on-site and remotely. This allows ILP-eligible students to access financial resources without missing classes to meet with a social worker.
A three-day Strengths Retreat in the San Bernardino mountains with Guardian Scholars programs from other CSU campuses and West Los Angeles College. Students experience workshops and activities that promote community, a sense of belonging and high self-efficacy.