Sometimes the hardest part about getting your college education is steering your way around all the bumps in the road. Most students will face challeges throughout this journey. That's where NextUp comes in.
NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides community college students like you with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing.
You’re committed to the goal of achieving a college education, and we are committed to helping you get it. Your part is to:
Work hard to create the future you want.
Focus on the steps outlined in your education plan.
Meet with a counselor several times each semester to make the most of your college experience.
Take the quiz to see if you qualify for the NextUp program.
NextUp provides participating current and former foster youth with support and resources while attending a California community college.
Watch videos and read stories about real community college students — current and former foster youth like you — who received help through NextUp.
Want more information about NextUp? Watch the videos below to hear from our students and counselors about what NextUp can provide and how it helped the students accomplish their goals in college.
Foster youth can get support from any of our colleges. If your college is not listed above as having the NextUp program, you can visit your EOPS office for more information.
To contact your college's EOPS office, enter your zip code below. The college closest to you will display first, followed by other colleges within a 100 mile radius.
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 114 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today's economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year universities. For more information about the community colleges, please visit the California Community Colleges website.
Early support for outreach to foster youth generously provided by The California Wellness Foundation, John Burton Advocates for Youth and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.