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No dream is too big.

Pivotal has helped hundreds of foster youth like you reach their dreams.  We know it’s been a hard road. Now, you can create the life you want for yourself. Our coaches have worked in the foster care system for years. They know what you’ve been through and the challenges that lie ahead. We honor every individual’s talents, passions, and goals to help you design your very own path for success.



We'll pair you with expert coaches who actually want to help you and listen to what you want for your life. You lead the discussions, and they'll work with you every step of the way to reach the goals you set. Our coaches are caring, considerate, and they know it's been a tough road for you. Give them a chance. 


College scholarships 

We'll help you offset the costs of attending college.  Our scholarships range from $3,000 to $5,000 per year, depending on your need and whether you enroll in a 2-year or 4-year school. And, we help you maximize your financial aid, so you can attend college debt-free. 


Academic Tutoring

If you're in college and working with one of our coaches, we get you a tutor for the subjects that are giving you the most trouble in school. You can get the help you need and it won't cost you a penny. Our tutoring services are free. 


Summer Internships & Jobs

Get a job! There are lots of employers out there who are ready to give you an opportunity to grow professionally. We’ll help you get the skills you need to land a job or internship that matches your passions and skills.



Are you in high school and want to indulge your inner geek? Join our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes! We bring in professionals from some of the largest tech companies in the area and teach you website design, robotics, coding, and more.

Before Pivotal, I had a 1.7 GPA and I didn't know where I was going to live. Thanks to Pivotal, my biggest problem is which grad school to apply to.

Pivotal Scholar


Get started by filling out some information about yourself right here.


You might have some questions about why and how we do what we do, so we’ve put together the questions we get asked most by young people in foster care.

"I’m so behind in school. I want to graduate high school on time, but I don’t see how I would."  

It’s common for foster youth to fall behind in school. Moving from home to home, dealing with new foster parents, new schools, new teachers, and case workers can be really overwhelming. We have amazing coaches who know how to help you catch up, and who will be there for you every step of the way. 


"My schedule is jam packed already with case meetings and school. How am I supposed to also meet with a Pivotal coach?"

Working with a Pivotal coach actually feels less like work and more like an opportunity to talk with someone who really understands the issues you’re facing as a foster youth. Pivotal coaches are passionate problem solvers who believe in your potential for success. They provide real solutions and unconditional encouragement. 


"I already have so many people who say they are working to help me. Why would I want one more?"

We believe that you should be part of the decision-making process that affects you.  Your Pivotal coach will actively listen to what you want for your life, and advocate for your hopes and dreams and what you need to get there. You take the lead.

Still have questions? Fear not, we have just the person that can help.

Intake Coordinator:   1 408.458.8234.

Do you know a young person in foster care that we should meet?

Go to our Refer a Foster Youth page for all the info.