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 experience in foster care to develop interpersonal skills to help students become self-sufficient role models and competent adults.
What does BRAVO mean?
The word BRAVO is not an acronym, but an affirmation:
B - Breaking cycles placed on you
R - Rewarding yourself by being yourself
A - Academic Success is a priority
V - Visions seen not only though your eyes
O - Overcoming adversities and not letting them overcome you
As a community we are always cheering our students on with a standing ovation for all their success. BRAVO!
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
Monthly Spotlight: Coco Chanel
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was born in 1883 in France. She was one of five children
born to Jeanne Devolle and Albert Chanel. Her father lived a nomadic life, traveling
to and from market towns where he peddled clothes as a street vendor while Coco and
the rest of her family remained in their crowded tiny, one- room shelter.
When "Coco" turned 12, her mother died and her father sent her and her sisters to live in an orphanage. It was here that she learned to sew, which would ultimately lead her to her life’s work. She went on to become one of the world’s most beloved and recognized fashion icons of the Twentieth Century and turned her name into a company that today is worth $19 billion dollars.
Source: Be a Voice Children's Foundation