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Foster Youth Success Services

Foster Youth Services at Hartnell College provides wraparound students who were impacted by child welfare system. This includes people who were adopted, in guardianship, emancipated, or aged out of the system. We have several ways to get involved, including through our Independent Living Program, our Guardian Scholars Program or our NextUp program. We are committed to helping current and former foster youth and we relentlessly serve our students as they build momentum towards and  complete their educational goals.
Our work focuses on the needs of the Salinas Valley and Hartnell College. We are dedicated in providing educational opportunities for students to reach academic, career, and personal goals in an environment committed to student learning, achievement, and success. 

Support Services

  • Free computer usage & printing 
  • Lending opportunities; textbooks, laptop, calculators
  • School supply assistance
  • Access to food pantry and vouchers
  • Connecting eligible students to additional programs; EOPS, TRIO, DSPS, etc.
  • One-on one mentorship
  • Tutoring Learning Lab Services (PLL)
  • Enrollment & Admission Assistance
  • Counseling & Academic Planning
  • Financial Aid Advisor Available 
  • College Grants for elegible foster youth 
  • Academic & Professional Development Workshops
  • Community referral


Students identified and upon verification as

  • Current or former foster youth 
  • On Admissions and Financial Aid applications
  • Be a current or prospective student at Hartnell College 

 students must 

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units per semester 
  • Attend a minimum of 3 approved workshops per semester
  • Provide a schedule of courses per semester 
  • Submit mid-semester progress reports and report final grades 
  • Meet with an academic counselor and submit educational plan 
  • Willing to obtain Panther Learning Lab Services 
  • Participate in surveys for data collection 


 Marisela Lemus, (831) 755-6944

Location: N-30 (Merrill Hall)

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