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Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program (CAFYES now called Next Up) was authorized by Chapter 771, Statutes of 2014. CAFYES is a supplemental component of the existing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program. The purpose of CAFYES is to strengthen the capacity of community college districts to support the higher education success, health and well-being of some of the nearly 13,000 current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California’s community colleges. The law allows the Chancellor’s Office to enter into “agreements with up to 10 community college districts to provide additional funds for services in support of postsecondary education for foster youth. A competitive, peer-review process recommended 10 districts to the Board of Governors to receive funding to begin CAFYES programs at 26 colleges (Allan Hancock, Coast, Grossmont-Cuyamaca, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Peralta, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity, Sierra, Sonoma, State) in 2015-16.