STARS at Pasadena City College is a comprehensive program designed to assist former foster youth to successfully transition from care to college. Our goal is to support and empower youth in achieving academic success, and a measure of self-sufficiency. Services provided/academic support includes: 1. One-on-one financial aid assistance including help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Chafee Grant applications; 2. Assistance for incoming students with the PCC application process; 3.
TGS provides scholarship support and the opportunity that is necessary to change the lives of individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree. In addition to student development and leadership opportunities, TGS program offers: priority registration; academic support and tutoring for classes; book grants; access to no-cost and low-cost health services; resources for internships; career counseling; financial literacy; on campus networking opportunities; special events; peer mentorship for support and guidance; housing resources; and student development and leadership opportunities.
The Trojan Guardian Scholar (TGS) program helps enable students who attend the University of Southern California to experience the campus to its fullest and to achieve their goals of academic excellence, self-sufficiency, and successful professional careers in their desired fields.
Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living. Using the 3R approach, the YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self- sufficiency, college degree or certificate completion, and employment. The Compton Center YESS - ILP Program is designed to offer a series of workshops/resources for foster students ages 16 - 21.