The First Star Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy at UCLA

The Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy (BGSA) is a partnership with First Star and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The mission of BGSA is to provide foster youth with necessary educational and psycho-social support to help them graduate high school and enroll in post-secondary education.



Program Opportunities & Resources

  • A comprehensive 4-week residential summer immersion experience
  • Online high school courses
  • Academic skill development, advocacy training, and comprehensive life skills instruction
  • Individual academic case management and education evaluation
  • A supportive network or mentors, staff, volunteers, and foster youth BGSA alumni
  • Access to interdisciplinary UCLA campus programs and resources