"START has helped me a lot. They've looked out for me and made sure that I'm taken care of. I feel like I can actually achieve my dreams and education with the help of START!"
- START student
"The START program is very innovative. Its support of current and former foster youth will increase retention as well as the number of youth transferring to a four year school. The most valuable resource it the caring staff who understand that college can be intimidating. Their ability to work with and empower the students is impressive. They are very knowledgeable and accessible. They assist and guide the students in the right direction so that they can have a successful college experience. Partnering with START @ DVC has been beneficial to both the youth that we serve and to the staff of the Independent Living Skills Program."
- Don Graves, ILSP Program Coordinator
"The START @ DVC program is unequivocally one of the best and most accessible programs in the state to support foster youth in their quest for post-secondary education. The staff have been able to support foster youth, who often have a lot of fears around going to college, to feel that attending and being successful in college is possible and manageable."
- Jeff Middleton, MDUSD Foster Youth Services
"I have so many goals for my education and [START's] help
is giving me the chance to pursue them."
- START scholarship recipient
"DVC's START program gives foster youth an immediate personal connection to the college. The outstanding START staff provide assistance to students in getting started, navigating the campus, figuring out how to pay for college, and learning how to use the many campus services and supports. The START program is practical, smart, and meets students where they are, making their entry into college smoother and more likely to lead to success."
- Nicola Place, Senior Academic/Student Services Manager, DVC