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UCR Guardian Scholars Celebrates

The program that serves students aging out of foster care will hold a fund-raiser on Oct. 5.

(September 16, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside Guardian Scholars, a program that helps students who have aged out of the foster care system succeed in college, will hold its second annual celebration and fund-raiser on Monday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Barn on the UCR campus.

The program will feature DJ IEyahn and the 909 Hip Hop Dance Troupe. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. Parking costs $5. Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase.

Guardian Scholars is a nationwide program that provides scholarships, life coaching, mentors, housing and personalized attention to youth who have aged out of foster care.

Donations to UCR Guardian Scholars are used exclusively for student support services, including “welcome to campus” gift baskets, assistance with books and scholastic needs, participation in leadership and scholarly conferences, and support for basic material needs related to housing and food, said Tuppett Yates, an assistant professor of psychology who is leading the UCR effort.

About 70 percent of foster youth say they want a college education, but only 10 percent enroll, and only 1 percent earn a college degree, said Yates, who studies risk and resilience among high-risk youth. Nationally, about 70 percent of students who participate in the Guardian Scholars program graduate in four years.

Guardian Scholars started in 1998 at California State University, Fullerton and operates at more than 20 universities in California, Washington, Indiana, Colorado and Massachusetts.

For more information go to or contact Yates at (951) 827-4991 or To make a contribution, make checks payable to UC Foundation, GS Foster Youth Fund, and send them to Jan Opdyke at 1150 University Ave., 110A Highlander Hall, Riverside, CA 92521, or contact her at, (951) 827-5676.

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