The BRAVO Scholars Program provides a sustainable network of academic and personal support services that promote degree attainment, completion of certificate programs and or transferring to a four-year institution for current and former foster students. BRAVO works with students who have foster care or homelessness experiences to develop interpersonal skills to help students become self-sufficient role models and competent adults.
What is a Foster Student
A child or youth who has been removed from their home pursuant to WIC 309 (temporary custody), is the subject of a petition filed under WIC 300 (dependent-victim of abuse or neglect) or WIC 602 (juvenile who has violated the law), or has been removed from their home and is the subject of a petition under WIC section 300 or 602. EC 48853.5(a).
For purposes of the Los Medanos College (LMC), “foster youth” will be defined as any of the following:
• A child or youth who is the subject of a petition filed under Welfare and Institutions
Code (WIC) Section 300 (meaning a court has taken jurisdiction over a child and declared
the child to be a dependent of the court due to the presence or risk of abuse or neglect).
This includes both children who are living at home (i.e., with their biological
parents) while a dependent of the court as well as children who the court has ordered to be removed into the care, custody and control of a social worker for placement outside the home.
• A child or youth who is the subject of a petition filed under WIC Section 602 (meaning a court has taken jurisdiction over a child and declared the child to be a ward of the court due to the child’s alleged violation of certain criminal laws) and has been ordered by a court to be removed from home pursuant to WIC Section 727 and placed into foster care as defined by WIC Section 727.4(d) (e.g., placed into a foster home or short-term residential therapeutic program).
• A youth between ages 18 and 21 who is enrolled in high school, is a non-minor dependent under the placement responsibility of child welfare, probation, or a tribal organization participating in an agreement pursuant to WIC Section 10553.1, and is participating in a transitional independent living case plan.
• A youth who is or was a ward of the court through a kinship, Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, with verification of such circumstance
Foster Care to Fame
September Spotlight: Steve Jobs
Steve Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955 to two unwedded graduate students. When Jobs’ birth mother decided to put him up for adoption, she had one requirement of the family- that they be college educated. Well due to unforeseen circumstances, Jobs was not adopted by such a family. Instead, Paul and Carla adopted Steve and promised he would go to college. Jobs did go to college but dropped out before getting his degree. Jobs began selling the computers they assembled in his garage, eventually revolutionizing the computer industry and making Jobs a multimillionaire before he was 30. While Jobs does not credit his success to being adopted, he did say “if he’d grown up differently, he might have become a mathematician.”
What is considered homeless?
A homeless/houselessness student is a scholar who is experiencing a "lack of a fixed,
regular, and adequate night-time residence; and... has a primary night time residency
that is: (A) a supervised publicly or privately
operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations... (B) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or(C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings" (National Coalition for the Homeless,).