We’re on a Mission to Empower.
Our mission to help low-income single parents graduate from college or vocational training with the skills necessary to achieve economic independence. We do this by providing customized, wraparound services throughout their educational journey and transition into career.
Did you know?
Orange County, California, has one of the nation’s highest costs of living. Renters must make over $70,000 per year to afford a two-bedroom apartment (OC Register, Oct 2017).
Higher education is the key to thriving, not just surviving.
Post secondary education is associated with higher incomes, better health, and improved educational outcomes. Single mothers with college degrees are much less likely to live in poverty (Institute for Women’s Policy Research, July 2018).
Single parent college students face a unique set of challenges.
Single parent college students face significant obstacles such as poverty that make graduation difficult (Institute for Women’s Policy Research, May 2018).
Student parents are more likely than traditional students to say that financial difficulties are likely to result in their withdrawing from college (Miller, Gault, and Thoman, 2011).
19% of community college students in California reported being homeless at some point during the previous year. (OC Register, March 2019)
What We Do
Project Self-Sufficiency uses a holistic model of providing financial and psychosocial resources to provide a path for a successful academic journey toward economic self-reliance.
The program model is designed to keep clients in school and on track to becoming economically self-sufficient. PSS maintains close communication with scholars to strategize and address barriers to their success, meeting at least twice a year to assess family needs, review grades, and oversee academic plans. PSS offers a suite of services and supports that are customized to meet each client’s most pressing needs.
A Recipe For Success
Four times more PSS scholars graduate than the national average for low-income students! PSS scholars gain job skills, a career path, and new self-esteem on their way to becoming economically self-sufficient. Entry-level wages in Orange County for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or nursing are $52k-$84k per year. They are the future leaders of Orange County!
Our accomplishments over the past 3 years.
A single mom’s perspective
“As a single mom in college, I am pulled in so many directions. I have to juggle my kids’ needs, my own coursework and classes, and my part-time job. I don’t have a partner, so it’s really stressful and money is always tight. I struggle with mom guilt sometimes. I know I’m getting an education so I can better provide for my kids, but it’s so hard. PSS’s support is not just financial – it helps me emotionally and keeps me focused on my goals. Thank you so much!”
Become a PSS Scholar
Are you a low-income single parent attending college? Do you live, work or go to school in Orange County? Are you highly motivated to succeed? You may qualify to become one of our PSS Scholars. Click the button below to see if you meet our admission criteria.
How You Can Help
Support the amazing work of Project Self-Sufficiency by volunteering your time to participate in fundraising and other events throughout the year. There’s no better way to give back to your community than helping families become self-sufficient.
Project Self-Sufficiency collaborates with the community, civic groups, faith groups, private foundations and in-kind service providers that believe in our mission and stand with us to break the cycle of poverty in our community.
Your financial contributions are an investment in the future of our community. Donate securely to give a low-income single parent the advantages they need to complete their education.
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