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Welcome | Next-Up

NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides community college students with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing.

Phone: (760) 245-4271 ext. 2929

Location - We are located in Bldg. 80, Rm 6 on the Lower Campus.

Department Information

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Next-Up Application Packet

Office Hours:

  • REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
    • Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

What does Next-Up do?

NextUp, also known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides community college students with resources that make a difference. The program offers eligible current and former foster youth support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food and emergency housing.

Purpose:

  • Given the necessary support and resources, current and former foster youth will achieve postsecondary success through earning a credential and/or preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Providing academic support to current and former foster youth in the VVC service area will reduce poverty and criminal justice involvement among youth who have been in foster care

Mission:

  • The mission of the NextUp program is to empower lives impacted by foster care. We have an unwavering commitment to support the higher education success, health and well-being of current and former foster youth enrolled at Victor Valley College.

Vision:

  • VVC will strengthen its capacity to support the higher education success, health and well-being of current and former foster youth

Objective:

  • Ensure more current and former foster youth attending VVC earn a certificate, degree, and/or prepare for transfer to a four-year institution

Services Provided

As a NextUp student, you will receive:

  • One-on-one counseling with a counselor to support and address personal, academic and career needs
  • Hands-on guidance and assistance from application through certificate or degree completion and/or transfer
  • Specialized workshops such as Life Skills development, Financial Literacy, Coping Skills, ect.
  • Financial Support (meal vouchers, transportation assistance, child care , student fees, emergency housing, etc.)
  • Academic support (textbooks, tutoring, educational supplies, etc.)
  • Priority registration
  • Referrals for on-campus and off-campus resources

Eligibility Requirements

  • California resident
  • have applied for Financial Aid & qualify for BOGW (Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver/CA Promise Grant)
  • in foster care on or after their 16th birthday
  • under 26 years old
  • enrolled in at least 9 units (6 units for students with ACCESS)

How to apply to the program

Next-Up Application Packet - Download here

To apply for the Next Up Program:

  1. Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA, Chafee grant, BOGW/CA Promise Grant online)
  2. Visit the NextUp Office (Building 80 Rm 6) to complete an application
  3. Provide a copy of your dependency letter of foster youth status
  4. Enroll in at least 9 units

We can assist you with all of the steps in our application process.

Contact Information

  • Email: nextup@vvc.edu
  • Phone: 760-245-4271 ext. 2929
  • Text: 760-515-9025

NEXT-UP ADDRESS:

Victor Valley Community College
Next-Up Office Building 80, Room 6
18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395-5849

 

 

Last Updated 10/29/19