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

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

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.

The deadline for applying for the Diablo Valley College Foster Youth Transition Scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, September 4, 2012. If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to apply.

To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a newly entering former foster youth within two years of completing high school
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (exceptions can be made for students in the DSS program)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have completed the matriculation process

To apply, please click on the application link. Please read the instructions carefully as there are numerous pieces of information required: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

Welcome back!

August 20, 2012

Today marks the first day of our first full week of Fall 2012. It’s time to check in about all of those helpful services you can access on campus:

Have you . . .

  • Completed the Financial Aid process? Visit www.dvc.edu/financialaid for more information
  • Checked on your EOPS status or applied for EOPS as a new EOPS student? EOPS will be accepting the first 200 eligible applicants or until August 30th, whichever comes first. Visit www.dvc.edu/eops for more information.
  • Looked into tutoring? Some labs (e.g., English lab) allow students to set up tutoring appointments during the semester. See all of the tutoring options at www.dvc.edu/tutoring
  • Started getting your DVC scholarship application together? DVC Scholarship season starts early this year (September 1st)! For more information, visit www.dvc.edu/scholarships
  • Visited the Transfer Center (www.dvc.edu/transfer) to check out important dates and deadlines.
  • Applied for Disability Support Services (www.dvc.edu/dss) if you have a documented disability

Of course, there’s a lot more services available on campus. To access any of the above, or to seek additional services, check the DVC website or contact your START coordinators today.

A new scholarship has been created for incoming Diablo Valley College freshmen who formerly in the foster care system. The scholarship is awarded in $1,000 installments, once per semester for four semester. Click on the following link to access the scholarship application: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching: Thursday, 8/30/12. For more information or to pick up a hard copy of the application, contact either of your START coordinators (lkong@dvc.edu (Lindsay) or rrose@dvc.edu (Rudolf)). For more information, you may also contact Leslie Mills, DVC Scholarship Coordinator (lmills@dvc.edu).

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to help fund your college education.

[Reposted from the John Burton Foundation Newsletter]

Youth Shadow Day at Capitol on Thursday

The third annual Foster Youth Job Shadow Day will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012. This event, led by the California Youth Connection, pairs current and former foster youth with members of the Legislature. The day will also include a program from 5:00 to 7:00 in the CSAC conference room. For more information, follow this LINK.