Guardian Scholars Program

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Guardian Scholars Program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Emancipated foster youth from the State of California motivated to obtain a college education from ages 17 to 23

For children/adolescents ages: 17 – 23

Brief Description

The Guardian Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton aims to increase the percentage of college graduates from youth who were raised in the foster care system in Orange County, California, which is typically less than 3 percent. The Guardian Scholars Program was specifically designed to shape emancipated foster youth into capable, responsible citizens who contribute to society rather than become dependent on the social service system.


Program Goals:

The goals of the Guardian Scholars Program are:

  • Short-term:
    • Sustaining academic progress towards educational goals
    • Obtaining college course credit for all units attempted each semester
  • Long-term:
    • Obtaining and graduating with bachelor’s degree

Essential Components

The essential components of the Guardian Scholars Program include:

  • Financial Support, Academic Support, and Social/Emotional Support
  • Once admitted to Cal State Fullerton and accepted in the Guardian Scholars Program, scholarships for tuition, fees, textbooks, and supplies awarded
  • Additional support services provided:
    • Year-round on-campus housing:
      • Participants (Guardian Scholars) given priority for safe and affordable housing in the residence halls
    • Financial Assistance:
      • Guardian Scholars receive additional financial support not covered by state and federal aid through private funding
      • Dedicated financial aid officer provides additional support to those who have unique needs
    • New Student Orientation:
      • Both incoming freshmen and transfer Guardian Scholars provided academic advisement and campus orientation during New Student Orientation prior to the start of the academic year
    • Summer Bridge:
      • Provide essential retention services and academic advisement services for freshmen Guardian Scholars
    • Student Drop-In Center:
      • A confidential and safe place for Guardian Scholars to study and network with other students in the program
      • Several computer terminals and a lounge area available for student use
    • Counseling and Support:
      • A tremendous amount of time and resources devoted to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students to share their personal concerns and issues which includes:
        • On-going, regular counseling with the program director for new students
        • Bi-weekly educational advisement focused on problem solving and encouragement
    • Priority Registration:
      • Guardian Scholars can register early for classes which ensures Guardian Scholars adhere to their educational plan and graduate within five years
    • Early Alert:
      • Mid-semester grade reports collected by Guardian Scholars staff from instructors to help students track their academic progress
    • Life Skills Workshops:
      • Topics include Money Management, Business Etiquette, Stress Management, and Safety
      • Workshops facilitated by experts in the field
    • Community Enrichment Activities:
      • Consistently provide student opportunities to interact with one another in a stress free and fun environment:
        • Movie Night
        • Bowling Night
        • Beach Party
    • Employment:
      • On campus student employment encouraged for Guardian Scholars
      • Scholars can work up to 20 hours of work-study weekly
      • As an added benefit, they learn time-management in a supportive, but carefully supervised environment
    • Career Mapping Program:
      • Career planning aimed to prepare Guardian Scholars to transition from college student to career professional
      • In coordination with the Student Leadership Institute and the Career Center, provide workshops and resume and interview training specifically designed for Guardian Scholars students
    • Health Services:
      • Basic health and counseling provided at no cost at the campus Student Health and Counseling Center, with minimal cost for augmented services (e.g., special laboratory tests, pharmacy prescriptions, etc.)
      • Additional medical and dental support provided by collaborative partnerships created in the community
    • Disabled Students Support:
      • Provide assessment and support for Guardian Scholars with learning differences
    • Childcare:
      • For those students who are a single parent, childcare available at the University Children’s Center
    • Study Abroad:
      • Opportunities available for students who are in good academic standing to gain educational and personal enrichment through International Programs (IP) which is the system wide study abroad program of the CSU that is affiliated with over 50 universities in 19 countries where students can pursue coursework for CSU resident credit
    • Digital Stories:
      • This training provides students with opportunities for personal growth and healing
      • Through the Bay Area Academy, Center for Digital Stories, students undergo an intensive four-day workshop and learn to utilize multimedia applications such as photos, video, music and poetry in order to produce a personal story

Child/Adolescent Services

Guardian Scholars Program directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Emancipated foster youth with no parental or other adult support

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • School

Homework

This program does not include a homework component.

Languages

Guardian Scholars Program does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Dedicated staff members, drop-in center, scholarship funding

Minimum Provider Qualifications

At least one staff member working in a university setting. Qualifications necessary include personal dedication to assist this unique population of students. Graduate degree in education, counseling, or social work helpful. The other qualification necessary is Scholarship Funding. All Guardian Scholars are considered “fully funded” under federal guidelines and the office of financial aid.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program; but there is not training available for this program.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Guardian Scholars Program.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Guardian Scholars Program.

Contact Information

Name: Grace Castillo Johnson, MS
Agency/Affiliation: California State University, Fullerton, Guardian Scholars Program
Website: www.fullerton.edu/guardianscholars
Email:
Phone: (657) 278-5493
Fax: (657) 278-5499

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012