Fresno County Bridge Program

Fresno, CA, USA They are providing more than just academic guidance. They're giving students the emotional support many have never had.

At the young age of 19-- Joe Romer has already lived through a lot.

Joe ran away from several group homes, became addicted to crystal meth and ended up in juvenile hall. Then someone introduced him to the Fresno County Bridge Program.

The program is a partnership between Fresno City College, the Workforce Investment Board and the Department of Children and Family Services. It helps young people that have aged out of foster care, like Joe and other at risk youth gain confidence and explore career opportunities.

The semester-long program helps students with childcare, food, housing, transportation and guidance counseling. The kind of support Dayshella Weatherby has lacked for most of her life.

Dayshella was placed in foster care at the age of six, after suffering abuse at home. But Dayshella said living with five foster families has made her stronger and given her a positive outlook on life.

With the help of the Bridge Program she is on her way to getting a degree in social work and already putting her skills to work at FCC's Child Development Center.


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