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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 16th birthday and are younger than 26 years of age at the beginning of the academic school year.

Guardian Scholars serves any current and former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by the court

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and to ensure everyone’s safety our offices will be closed for the Spring semester. We are providing remote services online. If you need to talk to a staff member or need to make an appointment with a counselor you can email us at NextUp Program Manager at mrubio@peralta.edu, or you can call our office at (510) 436-2581.