Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Guardian Scholars Program
Foster Care Counts: Making a Difference in the Lives of Current and Former Foster Care Youth
The unique Guardian Scholars Program at The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), which has helped nearly 6,500 youth in foster care, was recently faced with cuts in vital state funding. These cuts would have resulted in the program being forced to eliminate critical services made available to LATTC students who are currently or were part of the state’s foster care system.
However recently, recognizing the importance of the Guardian Scholars Program to these young men and women Foster Care Counts has just announced the awarding of a grant of $12,500 to help support the continuing needs of the program. This gracious and generous grant will be used to help Guardian Scholar students with books, transportation expenses, educational incentives, and other forms of support for their continuing education at LATTC.
“For many of the current and former foster youths served by the Program, one book, one parking pass, one meal, one scantron, etc., might sometimes be the difference between them staying in school or having to drop out,” says the Guardian Scholars Program’s Director, Dr. Dione Milan K. Washington. “ This grant from Foster Care Counts will mean a world of difference to these students, who have counted on our Program for mentoring support and to have their own place within LATTC where they can share common experiences and ideas,” continues Dr. Washington. “We are indeed very blessed and very grateful.”
LATTC Dean Vincent Jackson adds, “We are ecstatic about the support we are receiving from Foster Care Counts. Words cannot express our deepest gratitude for this kind gesture that will be of great importance to our youth. Current or former foster youths are a very vulnerable population, and it is our mission to honor and respect them, teach them, and give them every opportunity to succeed in their desire to create a better life for themselves in our community. This considerate gift will enable us to bring reality to both our mission and theirs!”
Learn more about Los Angeles Trade-Technical College by visiting: http://college.lattc.edu/, or contacting David P. Ysais, Manager of Public Relations, LATTC at 213 763-7063.