On Friday, June 9, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services’ Independent Living Program (ILP) recognized 125 foster youth graduating from high school at the masquerade themed 2023 Senior Celebration ceremony.

“I am so proud of each and every one of our graduates,” said Children and Family Services Director Jeany Zepeda. “They will continue to be resilient and the best at whatever they put their minds to.”  

Children’s Fund Chief Executive Officer Caesar Navarrete recognized the valedictorian, salutatorian and ILP honorees with scholarships from San Bernardino County Children’s Fund. Each honoree was nominated by a Children and Family Services social worker. Many of the graduates achieved 4.0 grade point averages and will be attending college this fall, including the University of Southern California, Chapman University and Crafton Hills Community College.

The Independent Living Program serves foster youth in San Bernardino County between the ages of 16 and 21. The program is designed to support youth in successfully transitioning out of the foster care system. Throughout the year, ILP offers foster youth life skills trainings, career exploration, job readiness and college preparation workshops. ILP staff includes Peer and Family Assistants who have lived experience in the foster care system and understand the challenges foster youth face.

For information about San Bernardino County Children and Family Services please visit hs.sbcounty.gov/cfs.

Additional County Update News – June 16, 2023

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