Southern California Higher Education Foster Youth Consortium

Since 2003, the Southern California Higher Education Foster Youth Consortium, made up of campus representatives and community partners from across Southern California, have met regularly to share strategies for success in supporting foster youth on their campuses. The mission of the SCHEFYC is to support the work of member institutions and other individuals and groups committed to the promotion of future life successes of former foster youth through educational opportunities and development.

The SCHEFYC is governed by an e-board, a group of campus representative who help lead the efforts of the consortium forward. The e-board includes representatives from Community College, Calfornia State Universities and University of California campuses.

For information about upcoming meetings, contact Sara Gamez at

View meeting minutes and handouts.

SCHEFYC history

  • The consortium originated in 2003 as a statewide CSU-EOP Foster Youth Consortium and was led by Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) directors at eight California State University (CSU) campuse, Bakersfield, East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, and San Marcos.
  • The Consortium identified four critical areas of development at the consortium and campus levels:
    • Outreach
    • Selection
    • Transition
    • Comprehensive Service
  • During thei initial two years, the consortium met consistently to:
    • Develop a mission statement and goals
    • Identify resource and advocacy support from other higher education systems (not just limited to CSU)
    • Strategize a way to fundraise for private dollars to support emerging programs (submission of grant proposal)
  • In March 2006 the group was renamed the Southern California Higher Education Foster Youth Consortium (SCHEFYC)
  • Quarterly meetings began along with statewide meetings held alongside annual conferences such as the Blueprint to Success Conference and Foster Youth Education Summit.