The NextUp Program (also known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support or CAFYES) is a service provided through EOPS to assist eligible current and former foster youth. The program’s goal is to encourage enrollment, retention, and transfer by offering additional services including NextUp Orientation, Workshops, NextUp Grants, Meal Cards, Gas Cards, Parking Permits, and Educational Supplies.

Need Help?

Connect with a NextUp staff member and get your questions answered.


Monday – Friday


(209) 384-6077
or [email protected]


Visit the NextUp Center
Merced Campus
Student Union Building, Room 127

Meet Us


Merced Campus

Student Union Building
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348

Phone: (209) 384-6077

Los Banos Campus

22240 Highway 152
Building A
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone: (209) 384-6077