Foster & Homeless Youth Services

An integral part of the Scholarship Prep Foster/Homeless Youth Services Program is to provide comprehensive, wraparound services to support our diverse foster/homeless youth population in achieving their unlimited potential. Foster/Homeless Youth and their families will receive additional guidance and support.

Farmers Market

In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Ana and Newsong Church, we offer a variety of fresh produce and other groceries completely free to families and our community-at-large. Each distribution we hand out 7,000 - 14,000 lbs of food. 

The market is held the second and fourth Friday of the month unless noted otherwise.


Foster Youth - Who is eligible for services?

Any child who is the subject of a juvenile dependency court petition, whether or not the child has been removed from his or her home. Any child who is the subject of a juvenile delinquency court petition and who has been removed from his or her home by the court under a “suitable placement” order.

McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless *42 U.S.C § 11434a(2)

Foster Youth Rights
AB 490: Ensuring Educational Rights and Stability for Foster Youth

  • May attend their school of origin through the end of the academic school year.
  • Have the right to attend their local public school regardless of time of enrollment or credit deficiency.
  • May not be denied access to their local public school on the basis that he/she has had contact with the juvenile justice system.
  • School placement decisions must be made in the student’s best interest.
  • Have the right to be enrolled immediately regardless of fees, clothing, or records normally required for enrollment.
  • Records must be transferred by sending school or requested by receiving school within two business days.
  • A student’s grades may not be lowered due to absences caused by a change in placement, a court appearance, or a court-ordered activity.
  • Students must have access to sports and extracurricular activities available to all students.

McKinney-Vento Rights

Homeless youth can enroll in school even if they have uncertain housing, a temporary address or no permanent physical address. They are guaranteed enrollment in school by the federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law if they live: 

  • In a shelter (family, domestic violence or youth shelter) or a transitional living program
  • In a motel, hotel or weekly rate housing
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
  • In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not a parent or guardian
  • In substandard housing without electricity, water or heat
  • With friends or family because they are a runaway or unaccompanied youth

To enroll or attend school, if you live under any of these conditions, you do not need to provide:

  • Proof of residency
  • Immunization records or TB skin test results
  • School records
  • Legal guardianship papers

For questions or support, contact:

Victor Carcamo, Coordinator of Student Services
657-267-7582 or [email protected] or

Kristen Crowe, Director of Student Services,
760-898-2715 or [email protected]