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Equal Footing: Oakland Program Keeps Foster Youth on Track to Graduate with Their Peers

by Shane Downing | May 31, 2018

When Tramischa Cole, a homeless 24-year-old mother of one, stumbled across a Civicorps flier in 2015, she didn’t expect to be accepted into the Bay Area’s only accredited high school and job training program for 18 to 26 year olds.

It’s not that Civicorps had a waiting list: Cole was worried her parenting responsibilities and lack of housing would be an issue.

“I told them I’m homeless and I don’t have child care,” Cole said. “I thought everything I was telling them would be something to stop me from coming and being successful. They said, ‘We’re here for you.’” …

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