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our programs

Fostering Success & Significance provides more than 30 Northern California former foster students at UC Davis, Sac State and community colleges with quality support and services. Our programs are designed to complement the work of schools and fellow organizations and provide opportunities not otherwise readily available to students. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and openness to the needs of students as they are identified.

Advocates for Each Student

We partner students with an advocate who can offer advice on schooling, internships and jobs, as well as general goals, roadblocks and life issues. We host group functions where the students can interact with each other and connect them to regional employers where they might have an opportunity to job shadow, intern, or become employed.


We also provide opportunities for the students to be mentors themselves. We arrange for speaking engagements so they can serve as speakers to other foster children and act as much-needed role models.

Financial Support

Our students are given financial assistance for their textbooks. Students are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and are required to read and review at least 2 books from our reading list. In turn, they receive $125 per book review to spend as they wish.


Fostering Success & Significance is not a “one-size-fits-all” program. Each student has different circumstances with different needs. Before graduation, our advocates take their students to lunch and then shopping for professional interview clothes that will transition into the workplace. The confidence the students gain from wearing new professional clothes is immeasurable. The memories they have of shopping with their advocate and spending time together is priceless.

Mental Health Counseling

The foster care experience often results in disproportionately high levels of PTSD in foster youth.  This trauma, combined with many being the first in their families to attend college plus the general rigors of college life resulted in FSS offering free mental health counseling via certified mental health professionals to all our students.

Elan Advising Life + Career Readiness Program

Since 2015, Elan Advising has partnered with FSS to offer students its signature 10-session Life and Career Readiness program of life, academic and career coaching.

1. Intro Session

2. Wheel of Life, Well-Formed Outcomes, Action Steps

3. Strong Interest Inventory Assessment

4. Resume & LinkedIn Makeover

5. Motivation & Vision

6. Systems, Organization & Habit

7. Job Search & Cover Letter

8. Assumptions & Limiting Beliefs

9. Inner Critic vs. Future Self

10. Interview Prep & Salary Negotiation

Etiquette and Financial Literacy Dinners

One of our dinners for our students is an etiquette dinner. Students in our program are educated on the etiquette of a business meal! Students are introduced to community business members, given etiquette skills as well as interview techniques.

Our second dinner is a financial management dinner set up exclusively for our students to learn basic money management and budgeting skills from local business professionals. Understanding money; debt; budgeting and good financial habits are critical for success both in the workplace and at home. Hansen & McClain (Certified Financial Planners) are our partners for these annual dinners.

Personal Development Book List

Former foster youth in our program are given quality reading choices. Each student chooses at least two books per year from this list to read and review in exchange for knowledge and $125! This reading list is intended to educate students from simple life skills to social and business techniques for success.

Some books on our list...

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Alborn

Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth by Sarah Stanley Fallow, PhD & Thomas Stanley

Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Grit: The Power of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way by Nely Galan

Why "A" Students Work for "C" Students and "B" Students Work for the Government by Robert Kiyosaki

The Start Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest In Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman (Co-founder of LinkedIn)

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert Kiyosaki

The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine

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