LINC Program At Cerritos College Helps Fostered Youth

The fostered youth may think that they are underprivileged; in fact, college was not even an option to them before. But the people at Cerritos College thought of the ways the fostered youth can cope up with college. The Leaders Involved in Creating Change or simply LINC was established to help fostered youth become more independent through counseling and tutoring in Cerritos College.

Everybody knows that being a fostered youth is difficult enough for them to be thinking about college but Cerritos College wishes to help them through the different services that they offer on and off campus.

Some of the services they are offering are academic counseling, tutoring, and access to food pantry, providing college materials, various workshops and emergency bus tokens.

The LINC program may not be known to most of the student population. That is because this program and all of its benefits is exclusive only for the current and former fostered youth.

Yvette Tafoya, the EOPS assistant director, said that LINC’s biggest benefit is that it allows the students to develop a goal that they thought was impossible for them to achieve.

Tafoya added that many of those fostered youth didn’t even think that they would be able to go to college and now that they’re at Cerritos College, they want to help them and make them understand the benefits of going to college and giving them hope.

In order to further prove LINC’s positive effect on the fostered youth, Zuleika Dixon, a fostered youth herself, said that LINC has helped her in many personal ways. They were the ones who helped her prepare her resume and had even given her tips on presentation and speaking so that she could land good interviews inside the campus and another company.

Dixon also said that the most helpful part of the program were the workshops and appointments because they were delivered in a more personal way and that they have an understanding of what students like Zuleika need. She also said that LINC had helped her whenever she felt like being singled out. They help the foster youth to avoid feeling lost in the crowd and disconnected from the others.