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.
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.
Eligibility requirements include
EOP Foster Youth Network Application (printable PDF )
Complete and submit the following to the EOP Office:
1. EOP Foster Youth Network Application
2. One to two pages typed personal statement.
3. One letter of recommendation
4. A list of three accomplishments from high school or community college.
5. Copy of ward of the court documentation (Foster youth verification letter)
6. Be admitted to CSULB and complete an EOP application.
Fall 2015 Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Spring 2016 Application Deadline: January 2, 2016
Available Network Benefits Include
For general program information and questions:
John Hamilton Ed. D.
EOP Foster Youth Network
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.,LA1-119
Long Beach, Ca 90804-1403