Foster Youth

Welcome to NextUp

NextUp assists students under age 26 who identify as current or previous foster care recipients. NextUp is also known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES).

NextUp Services

Services include:

  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Priority Enrollment
  • Meal Assistance
  • College Supplies
  • Transportation (gas cards)
  • Workshops
  • Educational Grants
  • Housing Support
  • And much more

NextUp Eligibility 

To be eligible for NextUp you must: 

  • Be a current or former foster youth whose dependency was established or continued by the court after your 13th birthday (must provide written verification)
  • Be no older than 25 at the beginning of any academic year you participate in NextUp

Foster Care to Fame

Monthly Spotlight: Coco Chanel

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

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