For  the 5th year, California Youth Connection and the California Foster Care Awareness Committee are hosting a Foster Youth Job Shadow Day and Reception. The event matches legislators with a current or former foster youth from his/her district or region. Youth – ages 16-24 – spend the day job shadow a legislator and his/her staff, including attending hearings, meetings, and getting an up-close look at the important work being done in the Capitol. In addition, youth are eager to share their stories and first-hand knowledge of the foster care system from their legislators.

 About Reception

This year, the day will start with a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. at Chicory Coffee & Tea, at 11th and L streets, where you can meet the youth participants and attend a short program, which will end by 9 a.m. Legislators, key stakeholders, community members, former foster youth and community members are invited to the reception.

For more information about this event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-foster-youth-shadow-day-breakfast-reception-tickets-6233870675

[adapted from John Burton Foundation Newsletter]

Do you know if you qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage?

  • Were you in foster care in ANY state on your 18th birthday?
  • Do you live in California now?
  • And are you younger than 26?

If you answered yes to the questions above then YES, you qualify!

Chidlren Now has launched a youth-friendly website [Covered to 26] to inform foster youth and their allies about the Medi-Cal extension to age 26. The website includes an informational flyer geared towards youth, a fact sheet, and a document with contact information for individual counties.

Opportunities for Youth

January 23, 2014

[reposted from the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance newsletter]

Project WHAT!, a leadership development and job-training program for youth with incarcerated parents, is collecting surveys to learn about the unique challenges youth in San Francisco face as a result of their parent’s incarceration. The survey is geared towards youth ages 12-25. The deadline to submit surveys is Friday, February 14th at midnight. More info HERE.

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office is seeking a youth (18-24 year-old) applicant to the Reentry Council: The Mayor’s Office has an open application for a formerly incarcerated youth appointment to the Reentry Council. Interested individuals must apply to the Mayor for appointment for this last seat to be appointed. Applications and links to more information are available here.

Paid Opportunity for Foster Youth: Confidential Interviews about Psychotropic Medications:
Anna Johnson is working with Alameda County Behavioral Health Services to identify the positive and negative aspects of foster youth experiences with mental health, behavioral health and psychotropic medication prescriptions. Foster Youth 18 and older and former foster youth who would like to share their ideas for how to improve services are encouraged to call Anna to schedule a one hour interview. Interviews are private and confidential and youth will receive a $ stipend for their time. Details and flyer to share with youth HERE.

For more local opportunities available for youth (both paid and unpaid), visit the Foster Youth Alliance Jobs and Internships website: http://fosteryouthalliance.org/?cat=685

The Alameda County Social Services Agency will once again provide “No Cost” tax preparation services this tax season through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program at the Eden Multi-Service Center (Hayward), Enterprise Office (Oakland), and Thomas L. Berkley Self-Sufficiency Center (Oakland) locations from January 22, 2014 through April 14, 2014.  For more information about locations and services, please follow the link to the event flyer: http://fosteryouthalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/EITC_postcard-2013-2014-English-Spanish.pdf

Applications to become a new Diablo Valley College EOPS student for the Spring 2014 semester are being accepted through Friday, January 23, 2014. The office will stop accepting applications at 1pm on Friday.

Students who are accepted in the program are eligible for a wide variety of valuable services to help them succeed in college, including the following:

Priority registration – Be one of the first students allowed to register for classes Academic, career, and personal counseling – Two counselors are dedicated to seeing EOPS students only. This means it might be easier for EOPS students to get counseling appointments Book vouchers – Free money to help you pay for some of your expensive textbooks Tutoring – Free peer-to-peer tutoring available in certain subjects and much, much more!

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

Be a California resident Be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) your first semester in the program (a 9-unit minimum exception can be made for parent students and foster youth) Not have an Associate Degree or higher or more than 70 degree applicable units Be qualified to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver

To ensure your spot in the program, stop by the EOPS Office to pick up an application, or contact your START coordinators for more information.

For more information about EOPS, visit their website: http://www.dvc.edu/eops

Quick reminder about a very important semester deadline…

If you need to drop a full-term Fall 2013 DVC class. This Friday, November 22nd, is the last day to be able to withdraw with a “W” on your transcript.

If you’re thinking about a particular class and need advice about whether to stay in it or drop it, don’t forget your DVC counselors are an excellent resource. Drop-in visits with counselors are available this week. Visit the Counseling Center to check the schedule.

spring-think-assetDid you know the time to prepare for spring semester is NOW?

With the holidays right around the corner, spring semester can sometimes really take students by surprise. Don’t let that happen to you!

The DVC Spring 2014 schedule is online, along with other helpful information about preparing for spring semester.

To access the schedule and see important dates and deadlines for the spring semester, visit: www.dvc.edu/think.

Have questions about how to register or about DVC in general? Get in touch with the START coordinators at DVC by contacting the EOPS Office at DVC.

Online research and resources

September 23, 2013

The Alameda Youth Alliance recently shared a number of online information resources. Take a look and see if any of the following resources are useful to you:

1) The Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Permanency Planning Today, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC’s) bi-annual newsletter, focuses on permanency for older youth and young adults.

2) The We Connect Now website is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. More on this online resource HERE.

3) Videos of presentations and panel discussions at the recent conference, Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth in California, convened by GRACE and the National Foster Youth Institute in coordination with Congresswoman Karen Bass are now available on their website.

[reposted from the 8/20/13 John Burton Foundation newsletter]

The John Burton Foundation Announces New Program for College Bound Foster Youth 

Starting this academic year, the John Burton Foundation will increase their support to foster youth in college by creating the Burton Fund, a new initiative that will pay up to $500/student for books needed for the upcoming school year. The Burton Fund will enhance the current Burton Scholars Backpack to Success Program by directly paying for the books needed for their classes so that students will not suffer a delay in purchasing this essential tool to further their studies.

This new initiative is open to all students who are Chafee grant eligible and have this information confirmed by their Financial Aid/Guardian Scholar Office. For more information, please contact Diane Matsuda at the John Burton Foundation: diane@johnburtonfoundation.org.

The California Youth Connection (www.calyouthconn.org) has posted on their website internship opportunities for current and former foster youth:

AB 12 Internship Program- Northern Region Office, Sacramento: Provides former foster youth the opportunity to work closely with AB 12, California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act, implementation.

Bay Area Policy Internship Program- Statewide Office, San Francisco: Provides former foster youth pursing a higher education degree in the Bay Area the opportunity to participate in academic yearlong internship with a focus on deepening the impact of policy organizing. For more information about this program, please click here

YOUTH Training Project Trainers: Opportunity for former foster youth to gain valuable faciliatation and leadership skills. Please click here for more info. Click here for the appliction. For more information, please contact Sophia at Sophia@calyouthconn.org.

For more information, please visit the CYC opportunities webpage: www.calyouthconn.org/opportunities.

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