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Megan Rogers, Director, Education Programs, United Friends of the Children

“College is not just an idea, it is a reality made possible for our community’s foster youth through the collaborative environment and support provided by exemplary programs like Success in Degrees.”

Alexis Marion, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation Board Member, and Chair of Success in Degrees’ Advisory Board

“Because of Deanne’s dedication on my behalf, I am a survivor of the Los Angeles foster care system. But I have not just survived. I have been able to thrive. For that reason, I wholeheartedly believe in Success in Degrees‘ mission and proudly serve on its advisory board.”

Antonia, a Success in Degrees student studying at Charles R. Drew Univ. of Medicine & Science

“Deanne, and everyone else I’m connected to through the program, genuinely want the very best for me. It’s impossible to say how much it means to me to always have them in my corner. Success in Degrees is re-defining my world and my place in it.”

Pat McCabe, Advisory Board Chair for Determined to Succeed, and Success in Degrees Advisory Board Member

“Foster youth are the least served of the underserved in our community.  Success in Degrees  provides a level of support and longterm advocacy that makes all the difference in their lives by making sure its students receive whatever it takes to earn the necessary degrees, launch into their careers, establish real security for themselves, and make meaningful contributions to the world.”

Jennifer Perry, Executive Director, Children’s Action Network

“For many years now I have watched Deanne do wonderful work to advance educational opportunities for youth in foster care. Her thoughtful way of looking at all of the challenges faced by a youth in care and crafting a strategy that addresses all of them is unique.  I look forward to seeing Success in Degrees’ impact!”



Cynthia Freeman, Senior Program Director, Community Partners

“We are so impressed with Deanne’s long track record mentoring young people. She is dedicated to their success in school and in life, and filling an essential need!”



The facts for foster youth are persistently tough…

Less than half (currently, just 45%) graduate from high school; only 10% enter college (even though more than 70% express a desire to do so); of that 10%, fewer than 3% receive the help needed to persevere and earn their college degree; only a small fraction of that 3% go on to earn a postgraduate degree. “Former foster youth face unique and complex barriers to success.  During the four years after leaving foster care, more than half have no earnings, and those who do only average an annual income of $7,500.”  -Conrad N. Hilton Foundation



The good news!

By providing year-round service-enriched education opportunities, individualized advocacy, a personalized support system, and, very importantly, sustained mentorship, Success in Degrees is dedicated to ensuring: 100% of our students graduate from high school with a solid college prep education; 100% enter college; 100% earn their college degree, and are well prepared to begin their professional career. For those whose chosen career necessitates a postgraduate education (e.g., business, medicine, social work, education), Success in Degrees continues to be a supportive presence throughout their Masters and Doctoral studies.

“At the heart of
Success in Degrees:
Long-term Mentorship”

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Our “Get the Most Out of Your College Years!” workshop was a BIG success! Guest speaker Kat Clowes, educational consultant and author of the newly-published book, “Put College to Work,” emphasized the importance of establishing a strong and constantly expanding network of professors, alumni, and mentors through university career centers and alumni associations, and instilled the student audience with “can-do” enthusiasm as she touched upon ways to build a personal brand, market yourself to potential employers, and effectively build toward big career goals. ... See MoreSee Less

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Biggest THANKS to Maya Enista Smith with Born This Way Foundation (Empowering Youth**Inspiring Bravery) for making it possible for Theresa Wilson-Tyler to attend the 2016 Teen Choice Awards ceremony. Theresa is filled with gratitude: “This was a dream come true, to have something I used to dream about as a child become a reality in my adulthood. This was a once in a lifetime experience I will remember for the rest of my life!” Theresa, a senior at Cal State Channel Islands, has just one undergrad semester to go before entering med school. Her ultimate career goal: Becoming a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist. ... See MoreSee Less

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Very fun summer evening get-together with students who've known each other since their junior high years and are now pursuing grad school (Dimitri and Antonia), or have already begun meaningful careers (Amelia and Jhamasa)! ... See MoreSee Less

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