how we help

The Foster Youth Education Fund empowers former foster youth in the Sacramento region to achieve their higher education dreams. Without parents or a support system to lend a helping hand, they turn to us for basic education necessities. Since 2002, FYEF has been providing funds for tuition, housing, books, computers and campus transportation through scholarships created with the generous support of our community.

  • In 2016, FYEF granted over 50 scholarships.
  • Scholarships are granted through an application process to students in the Sacramento region for tuition, books, computers or campus transportation. 
  • Each year in Sacramento County, approximately 250 youth "age out" of the foster care system. Many end up unemployed, homeless or in jail.
  • FYEF was created to reach the former foster youth trying to break the cycle by pursuing a college degree.
  • FYEF is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax ID# 20-0680594. 

The Foster Youth Education Fund also works with the Guardian Scholars Program at California State University, Sacramento. With community and institutional support, this proven program maximizes state and federal funds, providing housing, tuition and support services for the youth, with amazing results. 

 

  • Kim Grimes
  • Tina Jordan
  • Brendan McGuire
  • Jonathan Pearson
  • Abbie Totten
  • Virginia Williams
  • Janelle Willis

Board of Directors

  • Larry Bolton - Board President
  • Gail Gregori - Board Vice President
  • Greta Wallace - Board Secretary
  • Josh Nisbet - Board Treasurer
  • Koula Gianulias
  • Karen Grace-Kaho

Staff

This organization has helped me overcome one of my most difficult obstacles, and that’s being homeless. FYEF has helped financially at the toughest times in my life. This organization has made it possible for me to continue my education and remain stable. I’m very fortunate to be one of the FYEF scholarship recipients.
— LK