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The EOP Foster Youth Network

The EOP Foster Youth Network

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) hosts the Foster Youth Network, which is committed to supporting foster youth students at the university. The Network serves as the primary network for current and former foster youth to access on-campus resources across different departments throughout the university. The Network assists with retention of students by providing a support group and facilitating access to services on campus.

Our Mission
To build networks with other foster youth students, staff and faculty members, in order to strengthen the foster youth social support system at CSULB. EOP strives to facilitate discussions and encourage an understanding of foster youth needs. We create networking opportunities and thus aid the development of beneficial relationships and provide students with tools necessary to be successful holistically in a supportive college environment.

Our Network Values
We believe in the commitment in building a community in which students come first. We emphasize trust, appreciation, social interaction, wellness, and communication.
We cultivate relationships with others and demonstrate coping skills through modeling positive strategies for handling life challenges.


Application Process

EOP Foster Youth Network Application (printable PDF PDF icon)

Submit application with a 1-2 page typed personal statement to:

John Hamilton, Ed. D.
Program Coordinator
EOP Foster Youth Network
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., LA1-119
Long Beach, CA 90840-1403

You may also email your application documents to or fax to (562) 985-7646.

Fall 2015 Application Deadline: May 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015



Eligibility requirements include

  • Current and former foster youth, students who are wards of the court, under legal guardianship or unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Matriculated at CSULB
  • Complete the CSULB EOP Foster Youth Network application
  • Considered "independent" under federal financial aid guidelines
  • California Resident
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • FAFSA financial aid application completed by the required filing date



Available Network Benefits Include

  • EOP Academic Advising
  • Freshman or Transfer Orientation
  • EOP Grant Award (if available)
  • Priority Registration
  • Counseling and Support
  • Tutoring Services
  • On-Campus Housing Assistance
  • Life Skills Workshops
  • Laptop Loan
  • Summer Bridge Program
  • Campus Referral


On-Campus Resources

Community Resources


Contact Us

For general program information and questions contact John Hamilton at

For admissions information and questions contact Oneida Santana at


EOP Foster Youth Network Social Mixers 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Multicultural Center (MCC).

  • February 5, 2015
  • February 19, 2015
  • March 5, 2015
  • March 19, 2015
  • April 16, 2015
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