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

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[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

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.