This year, many former foster youth will be embarking on their college journey alone. They have overcome enumerable obstacles to get to UCLA, but their parents are not there to help them move into their dorm rooms with the essentials they need to start college.
RTS is a career and personal development program that provides youth impacted by foster care with the resources, relationships, and opportunities they need to thrive, both personally and professionally.
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THE FOSTER YOUTH REALITY
There are over 400,000 foster youth in America. Through no fault of their own, they don’t have the same access to support or opportunities that their peers do.
Only 3 percent will graduate from college.
50% will be unemployed or underemployed.
29% will be unable to pay rent.
42% will be convicted of a crime.
THE RTS DIFFERENCE
94% of our scholars are placed in paid summer internships during college
92% secure jobs 6 months post graduation
95% say they can envision a bright future for the first time in their lives
Thank you so much for connecting me with my internship at InVia Robotics this summer. I learned so much and enjoyed interacting with all the engineers. It was fun being challenged to use my logic and critical thinking skills everyday. This experience was a gift – my first real ”job” and my first paycheck. —Jason, RTS Scholar
Thank you for making my college experience one of a kind. You created opportunities for me that I once thought would never come true. And within one month of graduation, you helped me get my dream job at HBO. —Ashtyn, RTS Scholar
As a single mom attending college, I usually work just to pay the bills. But RTS is helping me gain the right type of experience through internships that will help me build a career, not just hold down a job. I know I’m on my way to creating a stable and meaningful life for me and my son. —Carmen, RTS Scholar, USC ‘19
Thank you so much for setting up this shadowing experience for me—it was amazing! Everyone in the clinic was very nice and friendly. The doctor told me to let him know if there is anything else he can do to help me on my pathway to medicine. He related to me on how rough it is, but he said I just need to push through it.
—John, RTS Scholar