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Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation

The Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation – Pritzker Foster Care Initiative’s primary objective is to ensure transition-age foster youth obtain an education and training skills to achieve emotional well-being and financial independence.

John Burton Advocates for Youth

We help foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers by engaging institutions to work together, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support foster youth in higher education. We aim to reduce homelessness among current and former foster youth in California by constantly working to improve access to safe, affordable, and supportive housing through the development of policy and technical assistance. We work through advocacy, collaboration, and training to ensure that all foster youth in care have access to the necessary physical and mental health services that are vital to their well-being and success.

iFoster

iFoster is a national non-profit with over 40,000 members across all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. An estimated 500 new members join iFoster every month. iFoster’s mission is to ensure that every child growing up outside of their biological home has the resources and opportunities they need to become successful, independent adults

Foster Nation

Foster Nation engages the community to support and empower Foster Youth aging out of the system to become self-sufficient. Our career mentors help foster youth become even more amazing than they already are by honing their professional skills as they prepare to become self-sufficient young adults. We host events that build a relatable, supportive, and collaborative community for foster youth to feel heard, valued, and supported. We raise awareness through campaigns that bring the foster care experience to light and empower foster youth to become self-advocates.

Together We Rise

Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with individuals, companies, and community partners to bring resources to foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with individuals, companies, and community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.

Echoes of Hope

ECHOES OF HOPE strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of children, youth, and young adults in need by alleviating barriers and helping them reach their full potential. Founded in 2007 by Stacia and Luc Robitaille, the nonprofit has helped thousands of at-risk and emancipated foster youth succeed by providing the resources, love, and support they so richly deserve.

The Stacy R. Mungo Flanigan Endowment Fund

The Stacy R. Mungo Flanigan Endowment Fund at Long Beach City College (LBCC) was established in May 2019, by a gift of $40,000 from Sterling Franklin, Trustee of the Morris S. Smith Foundation, and a friend of Stacy. The Fund was created to honor Stacy R. Mungo Flanigan for her fine work as an employee of the County of Los Angeles and her valuable service as a Member of the Long Beach City Council. It was also to celebrate her wedding on March 25, 2017. This gift is to provide cash awards each year, as funding permits, to eligible students attending Long Beach City College in the Guardian Scholars Program. This gift is also meant to encourage friends and alumni of LBCC to consider establishing similar LBCC endowment funds.

Many of our Long Beach City College Foster Youth students have dealt with various issues such as abuse, neglect, homelessness, and food insecurities. The Long Beach City College Foster Youth Support Services Team is working diligently to help our current and former LBCC Foster Youth Students achieve and realize both their educational and personal goals.  Both NextUp and Guardian Scholar students receive resources, campus, and community support to enable them to attend college, providing them with better future opportunities. This simply would also not be possible without our wonderful support from various community partners. When helping support the Long Beach City College Foster Youth Support Services Programs, you are changing one life at a time, providing opportunities for success, and creating a better tomorrow for our Foster Youth Students.