About the Program

Why is the Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) important?

The percentage of foster youth attending college is 2 - 5%. The GSP exists to support the needs of foster youth in higher education to help change the outcomes of foster youth for the better and pave a path for future generations.

How many students are in the GSP?

The program began in the Fall of 2009 with 35 students. Today, the GSP serves, on average, well over 100 students any given semester.

Did you know that less than 50% of foster youth graduate from high school?

Follow Us in the Media

Read the New York Times article Out of Foster Care, Into College

Read the Los Angeles Times article Life After Foster Care

Read the Los Angeles Times article Students Raised in Foster System Honored for Completing College

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Guardian Scholars Program students will be able to identify student support resources to enhance their academic and career goals.
  • Students who participate in Guardian Scholars' workshops will demonstrate the ability to access and integrate information learned to achieve their educational goals.

Mission Statement

The LACC Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) serves students who are current, former, or emancipated foster youth who are pursuing a path within higher education. GSP’s mission is to provide academic and personal guidance to help empower students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate’s Degree, and/or transfer to a university.

Contact Us


Student Services Building (SSB) 360

SSB 367


Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2345

​​​​​​Alvaro, Aguila
Program Coordinator
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2336