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Our FYS Mission

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) sponsors a concerted effort called the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to bring issues affecting foster youth and former foster youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access postsecondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but often unknown to them. At College of the Desert we connect our FYSI efforts through the Foster Youth Services (FYS) program.
Your FYS/FYSI Liaisons
  • Understands your situation and is sensitive to your needs and challenges
  • Helps link you to resources at the college and in the community
  • Assists you with applying for Financial Aid and Scholarships related to helping current and former foster youth 
  • Connects you to an array of on-campus and off-campus resources
  • Connects you to an Academic Counselor to create an Educational Plan
At FYS COD, we specialize in providing support services for former and current foster youth students attending College of the Desert.


You may be eligible to receive our “over and above” services if you are:

  • Currently enrolled or are planning to enroll in courses at College of the Desert
  • A former foster youth
  • A current foster youth