Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown joined Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY) in 2009, a San Francisco-based organization working to strengthen and connect San Francisco’s systems of support for Bay area foster care youth so that all youth emancipating or “aging out” of foster care can enjoy a healthy transition to adulthood. At HEY, Leslie provides technical assistance training and curriculum development for the Education and Core Area (Health, Housing, Employment and Education) work groups and supports the Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB), a team of emancipated foster youth who teach the community about foster youth issues, among other projects. Prior to HEY Leslie was the Associate Director of Ozone House the nations second oldest homeless youth shelter. She has extensive experience and education in non-profit leadership, specializing in designing, implementing, and managing technical assistance programs that develop strategies to support youth development and youth engagement for transitional aged youth. Leslie holds a Masters in Public Administration, Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Michigan.

Articles By Leslie Brown:
HEY’s Youth Empowerment Guide – Now Available

HEY’s Youth Empowerment Guide – Now Available

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The HEY Guide: Youth Empowerment was designed to support agencies and staff interested in engaging and empowering young people as they transition into leadership and healthy adulthood.  The practices, strategies and tools presented in this step-by-step guide will provide a framework to support the growth and empowerment of your agencies youth and staff.
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HEY Guide: Youth Empowerment Model A Step-By-Step Guide to Empower Youth Leaders

HEY Guide: Youth Empowerment Model A Step-By-Step Guide to Empower Youth Leaders

HEY’s Guide: Youth Empowerment Model was designed to support agencies and staff interested in engaging and empowering young people as they transition into leadership and healthy adulthood. The practices, strategies and tools presented in this step-by-step guide will provide a framework to support the growth and empowerment of your agencies youth and staff.

How Does it Work?

Works by using three core components of positive youth development. Each component was developed to work simultaneously to ensure that youth receive multiple layers of support to meet a series of needs, similar to those presented by Maslow in his Hierarchy of Needs.
Each component introduces practices and strategies that will assist to develop an environment and culture that is supportive of the youth empowerment process.
The youth empowerment process is facilitated through the development and support of youth boards.
Youth boards provide the natural structure to supply youth with opportunities to develop the skills and abilities that will support their transition into leadership and healthy adulthood.

Supporting Youth by Addressing Adultism

by Leslie Brown, HEY Program Coordinator
If there was a survey amongst youth workers I would predict that almost 90% would say that they want to empower young people in their programs.   I recently found a wonderful article called Understanding Adultism: A Key to Developing Positive Youth-Adult Relationships, that reminded me of the importance of [...]

HEY’s Developing Empowered Youth Toolkit – Coming Soon!

from Leslie Brown, HEY Program Coordinator
HEY has always believed in the power of youth voice and sought early on to empower young people. In our effort to promote genuine youth voice we developed a youth board. We believe that youth boards offer opportunities for youth to gain and practice skills that will equip them to [...]

HEY Core Area Workgroup

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The HEY Core Area WG meetings are a quarterly training opportunities for Health, Housing, Employment and Education service providers. The purpose of the group is to provide training and discussion opportunities for front line and mid management staff about improving outcomes and developing best practices for working with emancipating and emancipated foster youth. [...]

Surviving the Battle of Services

[from Leslie Brown, HEY Program Coordinator]
Small agencies are no longer the only members of the community working with limited resources.  In these trying times, most agencies are fighting to survive.  I recently met with Michael McPartlin of SF City College who explained that the needs of his youth are “getting more intense”. McPartlin is the [...]


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