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REACH is an educational program designed to assist current and former foster youth. REACH provides assistance and support to our Foster Youth students in their transition into college, at Mt. SAC and as they graduate and/or transfer to a university.

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MT. SAC REACH COVID-19 UPDATE:The Mt. SAC REACH Center is temporarily closed until further notice. However the REACH program continues to offer services remotely. If you would like an online appointment to meet a counselor, need support/assistance or have a general question, please feel free to contact us with any of the options below:
Web Form
Text: 909-529-1214
Email: jlopez164@mtsac.edu

 

 

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      • Apply to the REACH programAbout the Program

        Our role at REACH is to:

        • Provide a safe and warm welcome to our foster youth
        • Advocate and serve as your ally
        • Connect you with campus resources
        • Provide one-on-one assistance to you
        • Connect you with resources within the community such as housing and employment

        On Campus Resources:

        • Snacks
        • Computer Lab
        • Free Printing
        • Field Trips
        • Workshops
        • Book Loans
        • Equipment Loan
        • Study Area
        • Or just a place to come and hang out and meet people
      • Eligibility Requirements for the REACH ProgramEligibility Requirements
        • You must be a current/former foster youth with court dependency or guardianship established after the age of 13.  Verification is required (REACH can help you get proper documentation).
        • Must be under 26 years old. 
      • REACH Program On-Campus ResourcesOn Campus Resources

        The REACH office is a one-stop drop in center that welcomes you Monday thru Friday! Some of the things we offer are:

        • Snacks
        • Computers
        • Free Printing
        • Activities
        • Study Area
        • Or just a place to come and hang out and meet people!
      • REACH Program Off-Campus ResourcesOff-Campus Resources

        Below is a list of additional resources you may find helpful.

        • AB12- Extended foster care until age 21 http://www.cafosteringconnections.org/
        • Housing Resource- Housing programs available for foster youth  www.ilponline.org
        • Medi-Cal/ Covered till 26- Free Medi-Cal coverage in California if you were in foster care in any state at age 18 or older. http://coveredtil26.childrennow.org/faq
        • CalFresh- monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/food-nutrition/calfresh
        • Independent Living Program (ILP) assists current and former foster youth between the ages of 16 and 21 to achieve self-sufficiency prior to, and after, exiting the foster care system. (Link to your local ILP contact)
        • John Burton Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of California’s homeless and foster youth by developing and implementing policy solutions. www.jbaforyouth.org
        • California College Pathways is a statewide partnership that provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges and four-year universities. www.cacollegepathways.org
        • IFoster creates partnerships with existing business and develops resources for foster youth www.ifoster.org
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      • REACH program documentsReach Forms
      • REACH program servicesREACH Program Services

        The REACH Program can help you with the following:

        • Priority Registration
        • Applying for the Chafee Grant
        • Assist in completing the financial aid application process including filling out the FAFSA, and the Board of Governors Fee Waiver
        • Text book assistance
        • Workshops and Conferences
        • Housing Resources
        • Mentoring and Support
        • Assistance with supplies
        • College campus tours
        • Counseling Resources (Both Academic and Mental Health)
        • Foster Youth Student Activities
      • REACH program financial aidFinancial Aid Resources

        REACH can help you in applying and researching scholarships and grants that can help to cover the cost of educational expenses. Below is list of resources available to help you learn of the various types of financial aid support. If you have any questions, REACH can help.

        • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is designed to help meet direct educational expenses including tuition, books, supplies and costs associated with attending college. To complete your application, please visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/
        • Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) awards current and former foster youth, who qualify, up to $5000 to help pay for college or career/technical training programs. https://chafee.csac.ca.gov
        • California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) provides California specific financial assistance for students. To find out what resources are available, visit csac.ca.gov
        • I Can Afford College is a financial aid awareness initiative for students. icanaffordcollege.com
        • Federal Student Financial Assistance- Do you have specific questions about the process of applying for FAFSA? Want to learn more about the various types of financial assistance available? This site can answer all financial aid related questions. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
        • FYSI: College and Financial Aid Resources for Students a step-by-step manual on how to apply and enroll in a community college
      • Anvocacy OrganizationsAdvocacy Organizations
        • Foster Youth Ombudsman investigates complaints about stat and local agencies regarding foster care.
          www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov
        • California Youth Connection provides a vehicle for California foster youth to learn leadership and advocacy skills to engage directly with policymakers to improve the foster care system calyouthconn.org
        • Fostering Media Connections harnesses the power of journalism to advance child welfare and juvenile justice reform by covering emerging solutions to the systems’ challenges. https://fosteringmediaconnections.org

 

Mt. SAC Students

  Questions?

Text REACH at 909-529-1214

 

Mt. SAC Student with Joe Mountie

REACH Grade Progress Report Due by April 15 2020!

Turn in your Grade Progress online by emailing it to jlopez164@mtsac.edu by April 15, 2020.

Mt. SAC Student in Class
Due to COVID-19, the REACH Center will be temporarily closed until further notice. For any assistance please contact Jeze Lopez at jlopez164@mtsac.edu.
Name Title Email Phone
Jeze Lopez Program Director jlopez164@mtsac.edu (909) 274 - 6528
Vacant Program Specialist   (909) 274 - 6382
Briseida Maciel Success Coach bmaciel4@mtsac.edu (909) 274 - 6556
Allison Galindo Administrative Assistant adelallata@mtsac.edu (909) 274 - 6556
Judith Phillips Counselor jphillips@mtsac.edu (909) 274 - 6556
Marlene Sandoval Counselor msandoval@mtsac.edu (909) 274 - 5685
Jesse Lopez Counselor jlopez@mtsac.edu (909)-274 - 5920

 

REACH Program

Temporarily closed until further notice.
Equity Center, Building 16E
(909) 274-6556
jlopez164@mtsac.edu 
www.mtsac.edu/reach