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NextUp Support Services

Foster Youth Support Services helps to provide a smooth transition to college for current and former foster youth students at Merritt College. Our goal is to create an engaging, inclusive, and equitable community in which current and former foster youth can attain their educational, career, and personal goals. We aim to provide a “One-Stop-Shop” that offers personalized assistance with educational goals by offering holistic services such as academic counseling, personal support, book grants, and referrals to community resources. We strive to engage and connect our students to campus life and ensure a sense of belonging that will create opportunities for you to achieve your goals. We are proud to have two programs serving foster youth:

NextUp is a supplemental program of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program. NextUp assists current or former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after the student’s 13th birthday.