Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educ. Support (CAFYES)
The 2015/2016 State budget included $15 million to fund the Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) Program, enacted in 2014 through Senate Bill 1023 (Liu). The program is housed within the existing community college programs for educationally disadvantaged students, known as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). These programs provide outreach and recruitment, service coordination, counseling, book and supply grants, tutoring, independent living and financial literacy skills support, frequent in-person contact, career guidance, transfer counseling, child care and transportation assistance, unmet need grants, referrals to health services, mental health services, and housing assistance, and other related services.
In order to qualify, students must be under age 26, in foster care on or after their 16th birthday and enrolled in at least 9 units at a college with a CAFYES program. The following colleges have CAFYES programs.
San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Barbara County
San Diego County
Los Angeles Area
For more information, visit the Chancellor’s office CAFYES webpage.