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We help young people in foster care create the life they want. 

Young people from the foster care system need more help than the average youth to succeed. Pivotal has a strong reputation in Silicon Valley for guiding foster youth to career success. With Pivotal support, foster youth graduate from high school and college at significantly higher rates than their peers. 

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Home-Issues
THE ISSUES WE’RE TACKLING.

IT’S NOT
THEIR FAULT.

No young person chooses to be in foster care. Family circumstances - abuse, incarceration, the death of a parent - are the main reasons they end up in "the system." 

Without active and dedicated parents to inspire and support their goals, most foster youths give in to the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine the odds stacked against you.

Read their stories here

20%

ARE HOMELESS WITHIN 18 MONTHS OF EXITING THE SYSTEM

50%

DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

25%

ARE INCARCERATED WITHIN 2 YEARS OF EXITING THE SYSTEM
OUR GAME-CHANGING APPROACH.

LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES.

Our academic and career readiness tools for foster youth include 1:1 coaching from trauma-informed experts, subject-specific tutoring, college scholarships, professional development workshops, and summer internships. We open doors for foster youth so they can succeed in life.

We stick with them through thick and thin. 

As soon as foster youth hit high school, we pair them up with a coach who will look out for their academic success and help them navigate the most critical years in their life.  

Change is good. 

Everyone agrees that the foster care ecosystem needs to respond better to foster youth's realities. With over 20 years of experience in consistently increasing graduation rates among foster youth, our public and private partners support our mission and help us lead those change efforts. 

Robotics foster care volunteer

Read more about Our Approach.

OUR ONGOING IMPACT.

DEFYING
THE ODDS.

Pivotal is the only agency in Silicon Valley to offer a blend of trauma-informed coaching, workforce development, college scholarships, and summer internships specifically geared towards foster youth. Our programs are data-driven, optimized for success, and always evolving to better suit the needs of this vulnerable population.  

PIVOTAL SCHOLARS EARN A BACHELORS DEGREE AT 10X THE RATE OF OTHER FOSTER YOUTH.
HOW WE'RE OPERATING.
Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of everyone on Team Pivotal is our top priority and we continue to modify our operations based on the latest guidance from Santa Clara County and the Center for Disease Control.

The majority of Pivotal staff continue to work remotely. Pivotal’s San Jose headquarters remains open and available for vaccinated staff should they choose, and mask mandates are in place indoors. The best way to reach us continues to be by calling 408.484.1095 or emailing info@pivotalnow.org.

Currently, all coaching sessions and group workshops are virtual. We are slowly beginning to pilot in-person events and hope to host more such activities as the year progresses. We’ve taken our fundraising and supporter events to a whole new creative level, through Zoom events and our Dare to Dream fundraiser campaign.

We continue to achieve our mission. While our work is rooted in relationships, we aren’t letting the lack of in-person communication stop us from keeping our youth focused on the future.

We welcome your ideas, offers of partnership, and support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our (virtual) doors are always open!