College, Career & Life-Skills

Training and Support

for Foster Youth

Career, Lifeskills and Leadership Training/ General Support


  • Achillea Peer Tutoring: Free, online peer tutoring program called Achillea. Caters to K-12 students across the country who are in or have been discharged from foster care, or are receiving preventative services.

  • Grow with Google offers free training and tools to help you grow your skills, career, or business. Explore programs and register for an in-person workshop. click here

  • Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. click here

  • AmeriCorps is a full-time, team-based residential & community service program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA. Learn more

  • Bottom LineServices for High School & College students. Bottom Line has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students get to college, stay in college, and earn their degrees

  • CCAI's Congressional Summer Internship. Work on policy issues and interact with members of Congres. click here

  • Foster Club All-Star Internship Program: Every Summer, 20-25 young people from the foster care system will be chosen as FosterClub All-Star Interns. They will be provided with intensive leadership and public speaking training, and then sent to teen conferences and foster care-related events across the country. Learn more

  • Foster Club Transition Toolkit: Youth-involved, comprehensive way to develop a transition plan for foster youth aging out. Toolkit includes planning worksheets, record keeping, detailed maps and resources on many topics. Learn more

  • Boost Collaborative list of national and state-based support. Click here

  • Leaders Up: We serve as a talent development intermediary working with employers, community based organizations and leaders in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area to create talent pipelines that connect young adults to career pathways and meet business entry to middle-skill hiring needs.

  • MissionU: Not just for kids in foster care, it's included here because MissionU is an innovative, one-year program that provides a debt-free eduation and promises a job upon completion. 

  • Jeremiah’s Promise mentoring program for men and women ages 17 to 24 who desire a college education or a certificate program but who, otherwise, could fail at achieving higher education without intensive mentoring, career and academic undergirding. More



  • Alabama REACH empowers current & former foster youth the freedom to pursue higher education and successfully matriculate and graduate from college.


  • Arizonans for Children (Phoenix) in partnership with Take Charge America offers free classes in Financial Literacy and Aging Out. 


  •  CSU Foster Youth Programs support services are available for current or former foster at more than 22 universities. 

  • Doing Good Works (Irvine, CA) offers internships and jobs for foster youth. 

  • First Place for Youth (Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano) support young people in finding a safe place to live, get their first job, and keep going in school.

  • Hack the Hood (Bay Area & N. California) youth get training in web design and development, professionalism, and career exploration while developing their portfolio by building websites for actual small businesses in their communities.

  • Just in Time for Foster Youth (San Diego) emergency, financial and educational support for former foster youth.

  • New Door Ventures (San Francisco): Internships, Job Readiness & Educational Support. 

  • Pivotal: (Bay Area) Academic and employment support to current and former foster youth in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties starting in the 9th grade. 

  • Possibility Project (Los Angeles) youth leadership training through theatrical and community action projects. 

  • Ready to Succeed (Santa Monica) empowers youth impacted by foster care to graduate college, launch successful careers, and reach their full potential.

  • Renaissance Scholars (Cal Poly Pomona) provides a support system that helps and encourages foster youth throughout their journey at Cal Poly Pomona. 

  •  Renaissance Scholars (Fresno State) provides a support system that helps and encourages foster youth throughout their journey at Fresno State. 
  • Renaissance Scholars (USC) provides a support system that helps and encourages foster youth throughout their journey at USC. 

  • South Bay Community Services (San Diego) provides various support networks to help these young adults overcome challenges including support with housing, counseling, life skills, and job readiness training. 
  • Success in Degrees (Los Angeles) empowers LA County youth in foster care to succeed in high school, college, graduate school, and beyond through long-term mentorship and educational support!
  • Pivitol (San Jose, CA): Provides youth with work readiness training, skills development and job placement services. Our program is open to all youth ages 14 – 20. For current and former foster youth, we extend our age range to 24.
  • The Teen Project (LA/Orange Co) provides young women (18-24 years old) homeless after foster care and at risk homeless youth with room and board, college support, paid job internships, savings program, automobile obtainment program and independent living education. 
  • The Wish List Project (Sacramento) provides access to educational resources, extracurricular activities and youth development opportunities for under-served youth 

  • Youth Moving On (Pasadena) provides former foster youth affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them transition successfully to adulthood. 

  • The Hub (San Jose, CA) drop-in community center focused on helping current and former foster youth, ages 15-24. At The Hub, you can receive health counseling, attend educational workshops, and there's free access to food, laundry, computers and shower services.

  • Umlaut Foundation (Pleasanton, CA): Umlaut Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting middle-school and high-school foster and kinship youth through volunteer-supported tutoring. Specifically, Umlaut provides one-on-one mentoring in topics that can range from visual arts to SAT prep to basic homework help. 


  • Foster Alumni Mentors: Grand Junction, CO -- peer mentoring, monthly enrichment activities in the community, career/employment connections, emergency funds for bare necessities, and more.


  • Hashtag Victory Forward (Kensington, MD) -- provide grassroots mentoring and life skills workshops to foster, djs, and adopted youth between the ages of 16 to 21.


  • uAspire (Boston) works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a post-secondary education.


  • Connections to Independence (Minneapolis, MN) independent living and well-being services for youth ages 14-24.

  • HIRED (Minneapolis): Helps youth obtain their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job search skills necessary to find and hold a job.

New York

  • CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative (NYC) aims to connect students to CUNY Start and/or ASAP to improve persistence and increase their chances of timely graduation at CUNY. 

  • Grace Institute: (New York City area) Provides tuition-free job training and job placement assistance for women ages 18-64 who are in need of a second chance.

  • Possibility Project (New York City, Rochester, NY) youth leadership training through theatrical and community action projects. Learn more 



  • Bloomsburg University's Anchor Program gives youth ages 15-18 in the foster care program a chance to explore their academic interests and talents through a multi-year summer residential college life experience program and year-round mentorship opportunities.


  • Foster Angels (Austin, TX) provides immediate assistance to foster children in the form of basic needs (clothing, food, beds, medical expenses, transportation, education) and life-enhancing experiences (birthday parties, camp, sports and the arts).

West Virginia

  • West Virginia College for Foster Youth - in 2018, West Virginia will open the first free college officially for former foster youth. Initially it will be just for residents of West Virginia.