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As a population, foster youth struggle to succeed in school and the workplace.  It's not because they're doing anything wrong. In fact, 89% want to go to college. But being in foster care is a tough road, no matter how you look at it. So, while they dream of brighter futures, on a national level, 50% of foster youth drop out of high school and most never make it to college.

Pivotal specializes in guiding foster youth towards academic and employment success.    

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We provide direct education and employment support.



Pivotal's amazing coaches inspire foster youth to be their best selves. They guide youth on the Pivotal Path, a way to discover their individual passions, finding their strengths, and setting success goals for their future. Our coaches are often the first role models foster youth will ever have.  


Like all youth, foster youth need opportunities to explore their career interests outside of school. We offer STEM classes in robotics, gaming, and web development, as well as youth leadership activities, and professional skills training.   


Pivotal provides foster youth access to resources that non-foster youth typically receive from their families. We offer free tutoring services from specializes tutors,  open doors to jobs and internships in high-profile firms,  and award college scholarships.


We're changing the ecosystem to better serve foster youth. 



Our leaders work alongside government partners who recognize the shortfalls of the foster care system and are ready to create change. Pivotal co-chairs the Foster Youth Aligned Action Network, an exciting public initiative that improves communication and accountability across government agencies.


Our partnerships with companies in Silicon Valley give foster youth a leg up in career readiness. By offering jobs and internships to foster youth, our partners help them see what it's like to work in real offices with real professionals and real responsibilities. 


We partner with Santa Clara and San Mateo County Offices of Education, school districts and local community colleges to ensure that our foster youth are connected to valuable resources specifically offered at each school. 

SUPPORTING Pivotal's mission is pretty easy.