Spotlight on Guardian Scholars


Operated as a partnership between New Yorkers for Children, the Administration for Children’s Services, and CUNY, the Guardian Scholars program (GS) provides youth in foster care with stipends, one-on-one advisement, and coordinated access to campus and community resources while they’re in college.

The GS program is making a big difference for youth in foster care. Ninety-three percent of GS students persist from the fall semester to the spring semester, compared to the national average of 26% for youth in foster care <pdf>. Seventy-eight percent of GS students are on track to graduate with a college degree on-time. This is a significant achievement when only 3-11% of foster youth who plan to go to college will graduate nationwide.

CUNY Colleges with Guardian Scholars Programs


Hostos Community College

Hunter College

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kingsborough Community College