NextUP formally known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is passionate and committed to supporting the educational journey of current and former foster youth on campus. It is our mission to provide students with the resources and tools needed to be successful at the college level, while understanding and addressing the unique challenges that they may face. Our goal is to keep students engaged and actively involved in their education while scaffolding them through their college journey.
We are excited to offer a program that invites this exceptional group of students to not only attend classes at ELAC, but to develop a personal connection with ELAC staff and faculty, as well as other students. By helping to create an environment of inclusion, students will experience a sense of community and accountability. It is our hope that students will thoroughly enjoy their time here at ELAC, discovering who they are and building relationships that will last a lifetime.