Next Up/Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program

What is NextUp?


The NextUp Program, formerly CAFYES, is designed to promote the success of current and former foster youth enrolled at the College of Alameda. The NextUp Program assists qualified students in balancing their educational needs with financial assistance and additional support services.



NextUp, the new logo and name for CAFYES Program beginning from April, 2017

Qualifications for NextUp

  • Enrolling in a minimum of 9 units with the majority of units at College of Alameda at initial semester

  • A current or former foster youth in California whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after the youth’s 16th birthday

  • No older than 26 years of age at the beginning of the academic year



NextUp Benefits

  • Counseling

  • Priority Registration

  • Book Grants

  • Meal Service

  • Vocational Grants

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Specialized Workshops

  • Additional services may be provided as needed



How to Apply for NextUp


Submit your application here NextUp Program Application and stop by the NextUp Office located in Building-L 223, with a copy of the Foster Youth Verification letter and meet with a NextUp staff member. Please call 510-748-5232 or email Lydell or Jiayu for more information.



Contact NextUp


Lydell Willis

NextUp Program Manager

Phone: 510-748-5253



Justin Lee

NextUp Counselor

Phone: 510-748-5232



Jiayu He

NextUp Program Assistant

Phone: 510-748-5232




Mission for NextUp Program

The NextUp program is a community that removes barriers and fosters an inspiring environment where students can feel motivated and thrive at College of Alameda.