NextUP/Guardian Scholars Program is an academic support service committed to advocacy, providing personal growth and economic opportunity for its diverse foster youth student population through education. NextUP is dedicated to student academic success, personal attention, and empowering participating student's to be successful in their educational endeavors.
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Note: This information pertains to video appointments. However, some in-person services will be offered on a limited basis by appointment in Fall 2021. See the Reopening page for in-person appointment information listed by department.
Video appointments with NextUP/Guardian Scholars counselors may be scheduled online up to two weeks in advance. Please plan ahead. Appointments fill up quickly, so schedule early for the best choice of days and times.
Appointments are scheduled during open office hours.
Please note: Counselors for NextUp/Guardian Scholars programs are only available to serve students who are active in these programs. Students not in these programs will be redirected to the General Counseling link or phone number, so that the appropriate appointment can be made.
These appointments are conducted entirely online, from wherever you are. They do not involve an office visit.
- A desktop or laptop computer works best. Smart phones and tablets may work, but are limited in what they can do.
- A working webcam.
- A working microphone.
- Web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari (desktop or iOS) required, or a smartphone with the Zoom or ConexED app downloaded. Internet Explorer is not compatible.
Program Benefits and Eligibility
- Priority registration for classes
- Textbook support
- Counseling and advising
- Transfer assistance/Career assistance
To be eligible for NextUP, you must:
- Be eligible for EOPS
- Have been receiving Foster Care services at the age of 16 or over
- Have verification of Foster Youth Status
- Be under the age of 26 at the beginning of the academic school year
- Be enrolled in at least nine units unless receiving services from CRC's Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS). DSPS is a program that provides equal educational opportunity for students with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities
To be eligible for Guardian Scholars, you must:
- Must have been in the Foster Care system for at least one day
- Must be 26 years of age or younger
- Must have verification of Foster Care status
- Be enrolled in at least six units at CRC unless receiving services from CRC's Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS). DSPS is a program that provides equal educational opportunity for students with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities.
Check out our Student Success Brochure (PDF) highlighting the experiences of former foster youth students at CRC.