Pepperdine’s Coastal Run/Walk for Foster Youth Event Raises Funds for Los Angeles Foster Children

Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 2015 --( Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) will hold its 5th Annual Coastal Run/Walk for Foster Youth on Saturday, April 18, 2015 to raise funds for foster children and adolescents in the Los Angeles area. There’s something for the whole family at this year’s Coastal Run/Walk for Foster Youth, whether it’s taking part in the 5K, 10K, or Kids’ Dash, or enjoying the new Family Fun Expo and KidZone. Participants can expect food trucks, an aerial arts display, moon bounce, drum circle, music, vendor booths, and more.

“Your support of the 2015 Coastal Walk/Run for Foster Youth will enable Pepperdine’s Foster Grandparents Program to offer tutoring to foster children, and our counseling clinics can offer services to help them better manage their situations,” said Dean Helen Easterling Williams, EdD. “Your assistance is greatly needed and deeply appreciated."

California Bank & Trust returns for a fourth year as title sponsor. Additional sponsors include Watt Companies, Road Runner Sports, Yogaworks, Ayres Hotel - Manhattan Beach, Magic Jump Rentals, Let’s Be Frank, Perk Up Coffee & Tea Co., India Jones Chow, JuiceBox, CocomoJoe, LA Galaxy Star Squad, DJ Johnny Hawkes, Lululemon Athletica, Kreation Organic, Believe Fitness Studio, and Lucky Strike.

Proceeds from the event will be used to improve the lives of foster children in Los Angeles County by providing mentorship and tutoring for foster care children through the Foster Grandparents program at GSEP, therapeutic services through Community Clinics, and offering academic and wellness support to L.A. County high school foster youth and their families through a college access program. Statistics have shown that California has the largest foster care population of any state in the US, with the number of foster children and adolescents having tripled in the last 20 years. Additionally, L.A. County has the highest percentage (30%) of foster youth in the state. Of those who transition out of the foster care system annually, many are unprepared for college or a career, with fewer than half gaining employment three years after their transition, due to lack of an emotional and financial support network.

About the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP)

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is an innovative learning community where faculty, staff, and students of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose and personal fulfillment. Through its integrative coursework and practical training, GSEP prepares students to serve the needs of others through skilled leadership. GSEP offers six master's and four doctoral programs across its five graduate campus locations throughout Southern California and online. Programs are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the American Psychological Association.
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Emma Gibson