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Youth in Foster Care

STARS Foster Youth Resource Centers
We are currently operating STARS Foster Youth Resource Centers on four PUSD campuses, including John Muir High School, Eliot Arts Middle School, Octavia E. Butler Academy, McKinley, and Rose City High School. 

The goal of the STARS Resource Centers is to build the potential of youth in foster care by:

  1. Build community among students in foster care
  2. Sharing community resources
  3. Build a college-going culture

STARS Volunteer Position Description-COMING SOON!
STARS Volunteer Role

  1. Volunteers at middle school or high school to achieve personal and academic goals
  2. Support foster youth students through one-to-one or group
  3. Serve as a positive role model and friend
  4. Plan and participate in activities with and for STARS students
  5. Communicate with STARS students openly and non-judgmentally
  6. Establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
  7. Encourage and support students in the STARS program

Time Commitment

  1. One academic school year with STARS program
  2. Spend a minimum of one hour per week with STARS students
  3. Attend an initial two-hour training session and additional training as required

Participation Requirements

  1. Be interested in working with students
  2. Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  3. Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  4. Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff
  5. Be willing to receive constructive feedback regarding STARS activities


  1. Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community
  2. Satisfaction in helping youth mature, progress, and achieve goals 
  3. Training sessions allow you to learn skills valuable to employees
  4. Personal ongoing support, and supervision to help you grow professionally
  5. Establish meaningful connections in the Pasadena Unified School District

Click here to view the STARS Volunteer Application

Foster Youth Welcome Meetings
Youth in Foster Care early Interventionist meets with youth who are new to the district monthly, to welcome them to PUSD. In these meetings, the early interventionist attempts to find out areas of academic needs, and introduce students to school staff such as counselors, as well as make sure that students have everything they need to be successful such as school ID, books and lockers and much more. young people have a smooth transition to PUSD.  

Counseling Supports

Academic Counseling Services

We have two academic counselors who work exclusively between the 6th-12th grade at all secondary sites/programs.

Brian Stanley
Foster Youth Liaison
John Cabrera 
YIFC Counselor
Ext: 84930

Lillian Avalos
Early Intervention Specialist
Ext: 88248
Aide Suarez 
Early Intervention Specialist
Ext: 73027
James Rusell
Early Intervention Specialist
Ext: 76221
Angela Mendoza
Community Liaison Specialist 
Ext: 84112