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PBS: To Foster Change interview with First Star Student

Keeping up in school is no easy task for youth in foster care. https://tofosterchange.org/learn/education/lonnell-on-graduating-from-college/

By | 2016-12-12T20:17:08+00:00 December 12th, 2016|News, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on PBS: To Foster Change interview with First Star Student

Readiness program aims to enrich foster youth education opportunities

 Daily Bruin August 1, 2016 Rosie Chavez has lived most of her life in the foster system moving to different schools, homes and families, sometimes spending only a couple weeks in one place. “One thing I really struggled with was fitting in with the families,” Chavez said. “They didn’t treat us like they treated their [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:57+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Blog, News, Press, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on Readiness program aims to enrich foster youth education opportunities

Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy Program Update

Greetings! As you may know, our three-week residential component of our program ended on August 1st. The students in our Cohort 2 (soon to be High School Sophomores) spent one week at UCLA's Unicamp before spending three weeks at the UCLA campus. During their three week stay students learned about about life skills & self-advocacy [...]

By | 2015-08-21T18:45:47+00:00 August 21st, 2015|UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy Program Update

UCLA Academy Peer Mentor Pursues Ph.D.

As a former foster youth, Adrien Sebro overcame many hurdles to make it to college and succeed at UCLA. Now, while in pursuit of his Ph.D., he dedicates his time inspiring foster youth to look beyond their turbulent past and be uplifted by a promising, limitless future. Read More

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Blog, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on UCLA Academy Peer Mentor Pursues Ph.D.

BGSA Student Pays it Forward Through the Haitian Special Olympics Team

Watch this story of how First Star youth saw a need, and did something about it. Special Olympics World Games - Haiti Soccer Feature from Jeff York on Vimeo. Producer - Jeff York Camera - Hunter Hoopengarner Audio - Tim Johnson Edit - Erik Swanson/Amanda Benson

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 July 31st, 2015|UCLA Bruin Academy, UCLA Videos|Comments Off on BGSA Student Pays it Forward Through the Haitian Special Olympics Team

First Star Students Help Special Olympics Haitian Team

If you follow our Facebook page, you may already know that a group of foster youth from the First Star Bruin Guardians Academy have been learning - and teaching - lessons about giving. These young high school foster youth are in  in the middle of the David Nathan Meyerson Random Acts of Kindness and Pay it [...]

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 July 30th, 2015|News, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on First Star Students Help Special Olympics Haitian Team

Justin’s Story

Justin attended the First Star Academy at UCLA for four years and begins his freshman year at the University of California Riverside in fall 2015.

By | 2016-10-25T17:46:58+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Stories, UCLA Bruin Academy|Comments Off on Justin’s Story