Fifty emancipated foster youth in the Guardian Scholars Program at Los Angeles City College (LACC) will attend a new workshop on Wednesday, April 22 at the Hollywood Hotel, 116 N. Vermont Ave.
Guardian Scholars will learn skills such as business introductions, how to hand out a business card, and proper dining etiquette in a formal setting. The students have often been in multiple foster and group homes, which rarely provide opportunities to learn basic life lessons.
“Our students participate in a number of activities to help prepare them for the workforce,” Guardian Scholars program director Veronica Garcia said. “Scholars participate in workshops throughout the school year where they write resumes, write and critique cover letters, and participate in mock interviews. We provide substantial support so they can succeed academically, but it is also important that we help them succeed professionally. We provide a calm and structured environment where they can study and also practice skills that will help them find and keep a job.”
Studies have shown that fewer than half of foster youth enroll in college, and estimates of those earning either a two- or four-year degree are between one to five percent. Since the Guardian Scholars Program began at LACC in 2009, 26 students have graduated and/or transferred to four-year colleges. Eleven students plan to graduate and/or transfer in June.
For information on the LACC Guardian Scholars Program, visit www.lacitycollege.edu/services/guardianscholars.
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