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


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:

The California Youth Connection ( 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

For more information, please visit the CYC opportunities webpage:

The Contra Costa College Center for Science Excellence  (CSE) will be presenting information to interested science majors about internship programs at the Department of Energy Laboratories.

The U.S. Department of Energy offers various summer and ongoing internship programs: Science Undergraduate laboratory Internship (SULI), Community College Internships (CCI), Visiting Faculty Program (VFP, formerly FaST) and Berkeley Undergraduate Research (BLUR).

Ms. Colette Flood is the Internship Program Manager for the Center for Science and Engineering Education in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Along with her colleagues she designs, implements, and oversee s educational outreach programs for students faculty to carry out the laboratory’s educational mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers.  She will go over the program requirements and application process.  They are paid internships and the programs run for 10 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the academic year.   Because of the comprehensive nature of this program, many of the participants have felt it has had an enormous influence on their future careers.

Ms. Colette Flood

Manager, Center for Science and Engineering Education

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Friday, October 26, 2:00 PM

Contra Costa College

Physical Science Room 132

Everyone is invited to attend!

Refreshments served after the event in PS 109

For more information about the Center for Science Excellence, visit their website:

Want to make policy improvements for foster youth? Interested in working in Washington D.C. for the summer?

Apply for the 2012 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Summer Internship Program for former foster youth. As part of the program, you will spend time working with policymakers, raising awareness about the foster care experience, and help inform future policy changes and legislation. This is an excellent opportunity to build your experience and prepare for your future.

The program will be held in Washington D.C. from May 29, 2012-July 28, 2012. The deadline to apply is January 6, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. For more information and to access the application, click on the following link: