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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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David Bjerk

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This paper examines the educational outcomes of non-minor foster youth in California. Foster youth encounter setbacks and trauma during their time in the foster care system that affect their outcomes in life. Using data from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, I regress serval variables such as race, age, and delinquency status on years of education. In my model, I show that there is unequal opportunity to succeed and pursue higher education for non-Hispanic black or African American men and women, as well as those of Hispanic ethnicity. The same results reflect on Non-Hispanic individuals of more than one race and those who have been delinquent. I also consider the impact of a mentoring service in my model, observing that there was no statistical significance in educational attainment for participants and non-participants in this mentoring program.

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