Non-profit organization with independent 501(c)(3) status

First Star

First Star works to uplift communities and create change by building strong pathways for high school-age youth in foster care to post-secondary education and successful adult lives.

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1 Submitted Idea

  • LEARN ·2022 Grants Challenge

    Educational Support for Youth in Foster Care

    The First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy (BGSA) is a college-prep program for youth in foster care that keeps students on track for high school graduation and prepares them for successful transitions to higher education and adulthood. Over the past six years, on average, 99% of First Star scholars who complete the four-year Academy program graduate from high school, and 88% go on to post-secondary education. Grant funds would pay for peer mentors, many of whom are foster care alumni, and allow the program to serve more students.