Founded in 1968, the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Foundation works to fill the unmet need of students striving to improve their lives through higher education. It develops philanthropic support to assist LACC in providing accessible educational programs and enriching the cultural, economic, and civic life of Los Angeles. LACC educates over 18,000 students each semester. The student population is among the most diverse in the nation, and the population is composed predominantly of students from working poor backgrounds, 57% of whom rely on financial aid to attend college.
The Guardian Scholars Program provides hundreds of current and former foster youth each year with the resources, training, and counseling to overcome the challenges they face enrolling in, persisting in, and graduating from Los Angeles City College.