Foster Care Awareness Month


Join us during the month of May in recognition of Foster Care Awareness. Everyone is welcome to attend to learn more about foster youth programs at LBCC, challenges foster youth experience in higher education, and how you can become an ally to support their success.

LBCC Foster Care Awareness Month in May 2022

Foster Youth Support Services

Monday, May 2, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

This workshop will go over two programs for current and foster youth (NextUp and Guardian Scholars). Additionally, there will be a panel of current and former foster who will share their stories and how faculty and staff can support their success.

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Foster Youth Ally Training

Wednesday, May 11, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

The Foster Youth Ally training was created to provide information and resources to promote an inclusive and welcoming climate for students, staff, and faculty who have lived-experience in foster care, reduce the stigma of foster care, increase awareness of the foster care community and resources, and create a connection between trauma, learning, and development. It will further clarify the role of a Foster Youth Ally in supporting and advocating for our children and youth in foster care. The training is based on the book, It’s Not Drama, It’s Trauma: A Guide To Empathetic Trauma-informed Engagement With Foster Youth For Higher Education Professionals.

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From Foster to PhD 

Tuesday, May 24, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Dr. Danisha Keating started her journey at a community college and was a foster care kid. She lived in her car for a year while attending classes, and found that education would be the way out of poverty. Dr. Keating desires to use her story to inspire other students to not give up when it feels impossible and to be a resource for community colleges to help encourage their students through their own journeys. Dr. Keating will talk about reframing tough situations with students and becoming an advocate for foster youth.

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Event Lead - Cristina Gutierrez

Please note for Accommodations: At least 72 hours prior to the event, (562) 938-4558 (voice), (562) 353-4217 (videophone), & // Sign Language Interpreting, please contact Stephanie Bonales at or (562) 938-4918.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, 5 business days prior to the event, please contact HR Analyst: Jaymee Hunt 562-938-4547 | or Sonia Leticia Vélez 562.938.4323 | *requests are based on provider availability*