Helping youth in foster care to access and succeed in college

In partnership with Portland Children’s Levy, Portland Leadership Foundation, College Housing Northwest, PCC Future Connect, and Multnomah Education Service District’s Alternative Pathways, Avenues to College (ATC) helps current and former youth in foster care to access and succeed in college, providing housing assistance, budgeting guidance with scholarship money, and academic and life-skills advising. Program activities and resources include:

      • College-prep activities throughout the Portland metro area, with topics including goal planning, college readiness, and how to pay for college
      • Weekly Leadership Development workshops from June until September for those selected for the Leadership Development cohort
      • Financial support for housing and other living expenses
      • One-on-one coaching for students to help them explore their college options, help them navigate applications and financial aid, and how to find academic success


Eligible participant for ATC should:

      • Be currently or formerly in foster care
      • Be 16-24 years old
      • Have a current or family of origin address within the City of Portland

If you are a youth in care and would like to attend one of the workshops, or if you would like ATC to provide a workshop for students you work with, please contact our College Recruitment Specialist at 503-206-1666 or atc@newavenues.org