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


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:

As of the time of this posting, Californians have less than 18 hours to register to vote to participate in the November 6 election. And, for the first time ever, you don’t need to scramble to find a voter registration card at the post office.

If you have a driver’s license and the last four digits of your Social Security Number, you can do it securely and quickly online through the Secretary of State’s web page:

In the first four weeks, over 544,000 Californians have registered to vote online, and some experts predict total registration may exceed historic 2008 numbers.

Spread the word. Post this information to Facebook, tweet it, send it to every e-mail list you have. Regardless of where you stand on the issues and candidates on this November’s ballot, participation is essential to our democracy.

With so many important issues before voters in the upcoming November 6th election, it’s essential that everyone exercise their right to vote. October 22nd is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.

To register to vote online, simply follow these three easy steps:

1) Visit
2) Click on “Register to Vote Now” at the bottom of the page
3) Follow the online instructions to complete your online voter registration application

For those of you residing in Alameda County, the Registrar of Voters office will be holding a registration drive outside the Alameda County Superior Courthouse (in Oakland) until midnight on October 22nd.

[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.


What is AB 12?

April 3, 2012

Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12), the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, was signed into law in California by Governor Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010, and allows for significant changes to the provision of foster care in the state of California. AB 12 went into effect on January 1, 2012 and extends services and a youth’s financial foster care rate benefits for youth beyond age 18. The assistance under this law can last until youth turn 20 years old (an extra 2 years). Note: There is a possibility that it may be extended a third year (until 21 years old) if approved by the state at a later date.

This is a significant law with significant and sometimes confusing or complicated changes. If you believe you may be eligible for extended care, we have gathered a few resources from different groups to help inform you about your rights and potential benefits:

AB 12 PowerPoint: What does AB12 mean to you?
After 18 Campaign Website: 
Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance: AB12 Timeline & Summary
CA Fostering Connections to Success: Updated AB12 Primer
John Burton Foundation: AB12 Frequently Asked Questions