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REACH LogoREACH 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.

Why Join REACH

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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
        • Housing Resource- Housing programs available for foster youth
        • 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.
        • CalFresh- monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • IFoster creates partnerships with existing business and develops resources for foster youth
      • 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
        • 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.
        • California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) provides California specific financial assistance for students. To find out what resources are available, visit
        • I Can Afford College is a financial aid awareness initiative for students.
        • 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.
        • 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.

        • 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
        • Fostering Media Connections harnesses the power of journalism to advance child welfare and juvenile justice reform by covering emerging solutions to the systems’ challenges.


REACH Questions


If you have a question that you would like answered, contact us through any of the methods listed below:

  • By Phone: Text the word "REACH" to {909) 529-1214.
  • Virtual Front Desk: Connect with us via our Zoom powered help desk. This service is available Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm.
  • Ask REACH: You can also visit our web contact form with any questions you may have.
REACH Announcements

REACH Announcements

REACH Grade Progress Report Due by April 15 2020!
Turn in your Grade Progress online by emailing it to by April 15, 2020.

Covid-19 Closure


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

REACH Program Staff

Name Title Email Phone
Jeze Lopez Program Director (909) 274 - 6528
Briseida Maciel Program Specialist (909) 274 - 6382
Elizabeth Ramirez Life Skills Specialist (909) 274 - 6556
Allison Galindo Administrative Assistant (909) 274 - 6556
Judith Phillips Counselor (909) 274 - 6556
Marlene Sandoval Counselor (909) 274 - 5685
Jesse Lopez Counselor (909)-274 - 5920
Contact REACH

 10:00am - 4:00pm
Equity Center, Building 16E
Temporarily closed until further notice.
Text "REACH" to (909) 529-1214 for assistance
Ask REACH Form
Virtual Front Desk (Zoom)