About Us

California College Pathways (CCP) is a statewide partnership that provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges and 4-year universities.

By engaging institutions to work together, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support foster youth in higher education, CCP is helping foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers.

For more information about CCP, visit www.cacollegepathways.org.

The work of California College Pathways is generously supported by the following funders:

  • Stuart Foundation
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Pritzker Foster Care Initiative
  • Tipping Point Community
  • Angell Foundation
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • Hilton Foundation
  • Resiliency Fund
  • May and Stanley Smith Foundation

Our Team

With support from the Stuart and Walter S. Johnson Foundations, California College Pathways is managed by the John Burton Advocates for Youth. Based in San Francisco, California, the John Burton Advocates for Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for California’s homeless, foster and former foster youth and developing policy solutions to prevent homelessness.

California College Pathways Staff

  • Debbie Raucher, Project Director
    Provides leadership and strategic visioning for California College Pathways. She has worked in the social services field for over 20 years including extensive work in the areas of AB12 implementation and developing solutions to homelessness.
  • Amy Lemley, Executive Director
    Amy Lemley is the Executive Director of John Burton Advocates for Youth. In this role, Ms. Lemley develops and implements legislative, regulatory and administrative strategies to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Jessica Petrass, FYCAP Manager
    Jessica Petrass manages the Foster Youth College Advancement Project in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative and the LA Chamber of Commerce.
  • Deborah Pruitt, Project Manager
    Deborah Pruitt provides direct technical assistance and training to members of the CCP community along with management of CCP projects.