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