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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Check out Reed's new blog over at the Chronicle of Social Change! His first few posts will present the background and findings of the Alameda County AB 12 Homeless Youth Demonstration Project currently being led by FYA with partners Bay Area Legal Aid and DreamCatcher Youth Shelter. His first post, published April 26th, is at the link above. A post published today, May 9th, is HERE.
California Youth Connection (CYC)'s 25th anniversary celebrations will be ongoing throughout the state until mid-June, 2013. The location of the Alameda County CYC Chapter celebration, to be held May 17th from 4-7pm has changed. The event will now be held in the ILSP classroom at 675 Hegenberger Road, Suite 100, Oakland. For tickets, contact Therese Clenney at 510-710-8092 (Tickets are $10 pre-sale, and $15 at the door.) There will be appetizers, foster youth compilation book, and networking at the Alameda County event. Profits will go toward scholarships for foster youth going to college this year. Tentative performers: Sade Daniels, Kevin Williams and Cal Berkeley Fraternity Step Crew, Emily Villas, Seddie Blunt, Jabari West, and many more!
For other events around the state, check out the CYC Calendar. Come out to celebrate 25 years of foster youth voice and action!
In his 2013 National Foster Care Month proclamation, President Obama notes that "as a nation, we have no task more important than ensuring our children grow up healthy and safe. It is a promise we owe to the hundreds of thousands of youth in foster care -- boys and girls who too often go without the love, protection, and stability of a permanent family. This month, we recommit to giving them that critical support, and we recognize the foster parents and professionals who work every day to lift up the children in their care toward a bright, productive future...Whether as a friend, a role model, or a guardian, any of us can be a supportive adult for a child in need." Check out events in your area at the National Foster Care month website. Here in Alameda County, come out to celebrate 25 years of California Youth Connection on May 17th at ILSP, 675 Hegenberger Road, Suite 100, Oakland!
TONIGHT: The City of Oakland will be hosting a Youth Forum on Crime and Safety, May 9th 4:30-7:30PM @ Laney College in the Forum, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland. This event is specifically designed to get input from youth on crime and safety issues in Oakland. Flyer HERE.
The City of Oakland wants to hear your input on: What do you want to see the police do differently? What can young people do to make Oakland safer? If you were a police officer, what would you do to earn people’s respect and trust? Your ideas will be used in a crime reduction plan that is being created by the City. The meeting will be will be a conversation among young people and Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna J. Santana, City Council Members, and Police Chief Howard Jordan will be listening to YOU! Free pizza for everyone who attends! READ MORE.
05/23/2013, 10:30am - 11:30am
California College Pathways is pleased to announce a web seminar to be held on May 23rd about an exciting new opportunity for former foster youth who have completed their undergraduate studies and want to prepare for a career through a graduate program or professional school. The UC Davis Guardian Professions Program (GPP) is the first of its kind to help students reach new heights with their academic goals and in their professional lives. The GPP is actively recruiting former foster youth to attend any of UC Davis’ more than 90 graduate programs or professional schools including education, law, business and medicine. Participating students will receive support and mentoring to ensure their success as they embark on the next stage of their academic career. DETAILS HERE.
Project WHAT! is expanding to San Francisco, and has extended their recruitment deadline for San Francisco youth to Friday, June 7th. San Francisco youth get PAID to share your story. Project WHAT! is looking for youth between the ages of 14 and 19 who have had a parent in jail or prison, are willing to share their experience, and who share the desire to increase awareness of what it’s like to have a parent in prison or jail, and to improve services for youth with incarcerated parents. For more information about Project WHAT!, visit: www.communityworkswest.org, Facebook.com/CWProjectWHAT or Text (415) 531-2649. Register today for Beyond Bars: Our Lives, Our Rights a FREE Summit for and about Children with Incarcerated Parents on Saturday, May 18th. READ MORE.
On May 16th, from 3:30 to 5:00, FYA member Fred Finch Youth Center will host the Grand Opening of Rising Oaks, their newest facility which will provide 30 affordable housing units to youth aging out of foster care. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10th. Located on the FFYC campus at 3800 Coolidge Avenue in Oakland, Rising Oaks will provide young adults with a safe, supportive community, where they can achieve resiliency, financial independence, and permanence and stability upon exiting foster care.
05/16/2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Join ICPC and First 5 Alameda County in conversation with Judy Langford, from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, to hear about the national Strengthening Families Initiative. Attendees will learn: what is happening at a national level; what is happening in Alameda County; how to use SF to develop a common framework across agencies and disciplines serving families with young children; what does Strengthening Families mean for our work; and what’s the buzz on Parent Café. Flyer HERE. DETAILS HERE.
05/14/2013, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Join Fostering Media Connections for the release of their new web series, "Let's Talk About Sex With Foster Youth," and a panel discussion about the need for sexual education in foster care. DETAILS HERE.
TWO great job opportunities: 1. JobTrain, located in Menlo Park, California, is currently seeking an Executive Director. For nearly 50 years, Job Train has created opportunities for people to achieve their aspirations by acquiring relevant skills and positive attitudes about themselves and their potential. Through its high-value training and effective personal development programs, JobTrain has created impressive results in placing people in jobs with sustainable wages and upward career trajectories. 2. The Alameda County Department of Behavioral Health Care Services Vocational Program is hiring for two Employment Specialist positions. The application deadline is May 19th. Candidates can apply online HERE. The Alameda County Department of Behavioral Health Care Services Vocational Program has been operating since 1975, to help people with mental illness increase their independence and self-sufficiency by achieving success in the workforce. READ MORE.
Innovations in Reentry, formerly known as the Realignment Innovations Fund, is a pilot grant program designed to spur innovative approaches to addressing the needs of the adult reentry population and reducing recidivism in Alameda County. Funding is available through Innovations in Reentry grants for proposals from qualified applicants. Information on how to apply HERE. Proposals due no later than June 7, 2013. READ MORE.
The federal sequestration has impacted Chafee education grants for foster youth, as noted in this Special Alert from the California Student Aid Commission. Funds for the 2012-13 award year have been reduced by $233,000. For the 2013-14 award year, the reduction will be $412,000. As noted in the special alert, "new 2013-14 applications are currently being accepted online at www.chafee.csac.ca.gov. READ MORE.
05/15/2013, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Getting a job is hard for everyone in reentry, but holding the job can be even more difficult for some individuals with criminal backgrounds. Long term job retention is one element that can help to reduce recidivism. This specialized training is based on the feedback of people in reentry that were unsuccessful and successful in keeping their jobs. Flyer with registration information HERE. DETAILS HERE.