Friends of the Guardian Scholars

The Guardian Scholars program assists youth formerly in foster care.

The Friends of the Guardian Scholars Program allows volunteers and community members to support Guardian Scholars through professional development, mentorship and financial support.

Professional Partners

Networking with professionals is one of the most effective strategies for helping students create goals and prepare for careers. Professional and Career Development Network partners provide first-hand knowledge that enables Guardian Scholars to be informed and plan for their future.

Become a professional partner or mentor!

If you are interested in supporting students by becoming a a professional partner or mentor, please complete this information: 

Friends of the Guardian Scholars


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  • Be available for informational interviews about jobs and careers
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities
  • Be career/job liaisons for internships and jobs
  • Review resumes, applications and personal statements for specific careers
  • Participate in career meet and greet panels or discussions

Mentors

Mentors are primarily UC Davis staff and faculty members who support students in reaching their academic and personal goals. Mentors provide counsel, friendship, positive reinforcement and constructive examples. They are caring listeners who want to help our Guardian Scholars succeed.

Role of Mentor
  • Advice: Provide information, perspectives, and counsel
  • Coach: Provide support, encouragement, and guidance
  • Advocate: Provide access to resources, endorsement, and feelings of security
Mentor Expectations:
  • One academic year commitment
  • One weekly contact (email, phone, face-to-face)
  • One monthly face-to-face contact
  • Participate in the Guardian Scholars mentor training program
  • Participate in Guardian Scholars Mentor Program activities
  • Provide periodic updates to the lead mentor and/or program advisor

Financial Support

Former foster youth often face insurmountable challenges to higher education without financial support. Receiving a scholarship can make their dream of going to college a reality.

But paying for tuition and fees is only the first financial hurdle. To persist at UC Davis, these students need additional support and guidance to reach their academic and personal goals.

Private support is crucial to the Guardian Scholars Program. Every gift touches the life of a special someone who, with your help, can beat the odds.

Community Partners

If you are interested in more information about partnering with the Guardian Scholars Program, please contact Valeri Garcia, program adviser, 530-752-1211, vqgarcia@ucdavis.edu.