Our Community

About Us, Renaissance Scholars

Who We Serve

The Renaissance Program works with those who have been forced to be independent at a young age. Examples of students who may find community with us include, but are not limited to:

  • Current/Former Foster Youth
  • Homelessness Prior to UCSC
  • Formerly incarcerated and those with incarcerated family members.
  • Toxic, Violent and/or Unsafe Home Environment
  • Ward of the Court
  • Emancipated minor
  • Orphan

Description of System Impacted:

System impacted by mass incarceration, imprisonment, and/or detention in any way, and at any time in your life. This could be you, the student, and/or your family members. Family members may be broadly defined as key support people.

Description of Toxic, Violent and/or Unsafe Home Environment:

Parental figure or guardian inflicts neglect, abandonment, physical abuse, emotional abuse or trauma. They may engage in toxic behaviors related to drug use and alcoholism, and/or severe mental health disorders.


If your experiences are not listed, but believe you might be eligible for the Renaissance Program, reach out and contact us to connect.

Renissance Scholars Interest Form 2021-2022


Interest Form