Note to students: The content on this page applies to students at both the Pleasant Hill and San Ramon campuses.

START+NextUp are support programs designed to increase access, retention, and graduation rates for current or former foster youth at DVC. START+NextUp provide a warm and welcoming environment, create a support network, and empower foster youth students to make progress towards self-sufficiency, professional success, and community leadership.

How can START+NextUp help you?

  • Home base community on campus
  • Wrap around support from enrollment to graduation
  • Consistent guidance from a dedicated team of staff, counselors, and peers
  • Maximize financial aid eligibility (FAFSA, Chafee, grants, and scholarships)
  • Access to emergency grants (based on funding)
  • Priority registration - be the first to pick your classes before they fill up
  • Social events, trips, and workshops that promote academic, career and personal growth
  • Maximize connection to other resources based on each student's unique needs
  • Recognition and celebration of educational milestones
  • Leadership and networking opportunities
  • Graduation regalia (cap, gown, and program stole)
  • Care packages - birthdays, special events, learning themes, etc.
  • Semester supply kits
  • and so much more!

How to apply for START+NextUp

To apply for the START + NextUp Foster Youth Services program, students must complete the following:

  1. Complete START + NextUp Program Application
  2. Schedule an in-take appointment by emailing or calling 925-969-2217
  3. Submit a ward of the court letter, verifying that you are or were in court-ordered, out of home care

Contact START Foster Youth Services

Office location: SSC 127, Pleasant Hill campus map 
Request counseling:  For current students only: START counseling appointment request form
New or prospective students: please email us