The mission of Cabrillo College’s Foster Youth Independence Program (FYI) is to provide academic support services for current and former foster youth and to assist them in navigating the community college system successfully.


FYI services are intended to increase Foster Youth student success rates of earning certificates and associate degrees and transferring to four-year colleges and universities. To better serve the Cabrillo College former Foster Youth population, Cabrillo has assigned an academic counselor and a financial aid advisor who focus on Foster Youth students. Additionally, several former Foster Youth have been trained to serve as Peer Mentors to work directly with youth at Cabrillo and in the community. This team is intended to guide Foster Youth through the process of navigating Cabrillo College.

The FYI team assists Foster Youth on an individual basis. The FYI team provides outreach and support to assist youth with completing the documentation for financial aid, determining housing and economic status, and developing additional support services the students need.


There are many support services in place at Cabrillo. In addition, services are available to Foster Youth from the FYI program staff, including workshops held during the semester. Youth also have the opportunity to receive other forms of assistance, such as:

  • One time emergency funds after a needs assessment
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid assistance
  • Academic Counseling
  • Food cards
  • Bus passes

Should FYI’s services not adequately meet the needs of those in our program, we will refer them to our network of community resources to ensure they receive the support they need to succeed at Cabrillo.

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