Scroll down for parking info, map etc. Consider taking Uber or Lyft, parking is a pain :)
We are so excited and grateful for your willingness to support the UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Program New Student Move In event on Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd! The BGS Program currently serves 138 undergraduate and graduate current/former foster youth. This year we will be welcoming an incoming class of 100 first year and transfer foster youth! As we gear up for this weekend we thought it would be important to provide a few tips as well as information about the foster youth community. Many of our students have experienced significant trauma in the past and we want to ensure that we are mindful and aware of this during our interactions. If you have any questions in regards to any of these areas please feel free to reach out to myself or the Program Coordinator, Jessica Rivera (Jrivera@saonet.ucla.edu). Also below is information regarding parking as well as the location for the event. Please see the attached map for a visual representation.
Some friendly tips to keep in mind when engaging with the students….
-Politely introduce yourself to the students
-Be attentive to student’s needs and offer support if appropriate
-Please create a warm and friendly environment for the students
-Please be aware that it may take the students time to warm up to you during conversation because they may be nervous or feel guarded
-Use positive and uplifting language
-When appropriate praise student’s for their acceptance into UCLA and wish them well as they pursue their academic endeavors
-Ask about the students major and any possible organizations they may be interested in joining; discuss their future goals and aspirations
-Please do not ask students why they were in foster care or about their previous experiences in foster care (This could be triggering and make the student feel uncomfortable)
-Please don’t ask the students about their biological parents or their relationship with them
-Please do not take it personal if student’s appear hesitant to accept assistance. Many of our students will be nervous and anxious about their transition to UCLA and about engaging with individuals they don’t know.
-Please be aware that many of the students may have family members or friends with them when they arrive at the event. Some of our students may have supportive individuals in their lives to help them move in while others may come alone.
Thank you so much for taking the time to support our students!
Parking will be provided for all volunteers in LOT 7 (identified on the map with the blue circle). Please pick up your permit at the information booth in parking structure 4 (identified on the map with the red circle) and let them know you are here for theBruin Guardian Scholars Move in Event. The booth closes at 5:00pm on Friday and 1:00pm on Saturday. If you arrive after 1:00pm on Saturday please go to the general information booth located on Westwood Blvd near parking structure 8 (555 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095) to receive your permit. You have parked your vehicle please walk up the hill via Bruin Walk or Charles E. Young Drive to reach the Carnesale Commons building. The Venice room is located on the second floor.
Event Location: Carnesale Commons, Venice Room (251 Charles E. Young Drive, West, Los Angeles, CA 90095)
Other Important Info:
1. Volunteers, please refer to link to double check your day & time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4fa9ae2e5-ucla2
2. If you have to cancel, please do so via SignUpGenius so that we can fill your time slot with another volunteer
3. The students arrive at unpredictable intervals so there are times of sitting around doing nothing and times when it is busy. Thanks for your patience :)
4. Please leave young kids at home. There will be lots of carrying bulky items and walks uphill across campus. Also, please wear comfortable shoes!
5. You can also use the SignUpGenius link to volunteer for Holiday events, help with snacks for study groups during the year, or to offer Internships for students.
6. Text or email Taniaksuster@gmail.com 650.815.5134 with any scheduling issues