Thank you for your interest in BGSA!

See the most frequently asked questions below. Should you have additional questions, please reach out to us at fsbgsa@saonet.ucla.edu

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What is the First Star Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy (BGSA)?

BGSA is a four year enrichment program for current high school foster youth throughout Los Angeles County.

How do I make a referral?

Referrals can be made by a county social worker, school counselors, foster parents, or other community members. Students are recruited in a cohort model by grade level.

Recruitment happens every other year and we are currently accepting applications for 30 students to join BGSA in the Spring of 2019.

How do students qualify to join BGSA?

  • Students must currently be in 8th or 9th grade to join (LAUSD schools preferred)
  • Students must be willing to commit to the annual summer academy held in July and monthly Saturday academies during the school year.
  • At least a 2.0 GPA and 90% attendance in current and previous school year, unless there is a reasonable explanation for participation.
  • Must have an open DCFS Case at the time of application.
  • Preference given to students who reside in South, West, or Central Los Angeles.

Who is First Star?

First Star improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood. More information can be found @ https://www.firststar.org/learn-more/who-we-are/