EYAB Projects

EYAB members work on specific projects throughout their term, around the areas of Housing, Health, Employment, and Education.

HEY’s EYAB had an excellent training for Jewish Vocational Services

HEY’s EYAB had an excellent training for Jewish Vocational Services

On January 13, 2010 the HEY team facilitated a training for Jewish Vocational Services, called Best Practices for Employers Working with Foster Youth. The goal for this training was to help the participants to see that despite facing complex barriers, foster youth are able to achieve and succeed in the workplace when matched with supervisors who set realistic expectations and provide supports that allow for a learning curve.

In order to accomplish our goal some of the different topics we talked about were: the general overview of the foster care system in SF County, common challenges faced by foster youth and strategies for successfully working with foster youth in the workplace.

Personally I was touched by seeing how many different service providers wanted to learn about foster youth and the challenges they face so, that they can try to give them more support. I was extremely happy to be able to assist Leslie Brown, HEY’s Program Coordinator, with this training because I did not only be able to share my experience as a former foster youth with the participants, but also was able to grow in a professional level. Noticing how Leslie created and facilitated her training gave me ideas of how I can become a better facilitator myself.

The outcome turned out pretty good. The participants were happy with what they learned and were interested in attending more HEY training soon.

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HEY’s Holiday Suggestions To Help Foster Youth

HEY’s Holiday Suggestions To Help Foster Youth

Holidays are days when families and friends come together to be thankful for one another and celebrate the happiness they have of having their loved ones around them, but for many current and former foster youth these are days that bring up traumatic emotions. HEY’s Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB), decided to come up with a short list of ways that someone can help a youth during the holidays so that they too can enjoy them.

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A Message from EYAB – San Francisco State’s Press Conference

There are skills that once you learn stay with you forever. When I started working for HEY I felt that I was a good speaker, but I did need more guidance and experience to get better. HEY has helped me become a better speaker because they have taught me ways to become a more confident speaker and have challenged me to practice the new skills I had learned. At first when HEY told me that the EYAB would be talking in the breakfast I was terrified because I had never talked to such a big audience. I was scared that I would do a mistake and make a fool of myself and HEY. My team helped me control my fear by letting me practice what I was going to say and gave me advice on how I could make my speech better. Having my team there to support me gave me the confidence that I could do it and that it would be fine. After the event they told me how well I had done, they said after you get more experience you will get better. Besides going to trainings that HEY gave my team on speaking or doing trainings, the moral support that my HEY team provides helps me believe in myself.

             The wonderful thing is that these skills have not only helped me at HEY, but also in my personal life.  A great example was the press conference in San Francisco State where I was the MC. My friend is running for student at large in our student government and wanted me to MC and introduces him to the press. At first I was confused why out all of his friends he picked me. After asking him he said because he knew how a great speaker I was. He mentioned that he had seen me be a speaker for HEY and that people had told him how good I have done in the breakfast and in the ILSP graduation. Because of HEY I have been able to not only grow as a person, but also I am seen as a great speaker, which makes me more confident.

 Although I was nervous because I was not expecting my friend to pick me to be his MC, I accepted because I felt that I could do it. I used all the trainings and skills I had learned from HEY to be able to make this another successful story. When I was introducing my friend I got a bit nervous and blackout, but I remembered that one of my team members at HEY told me that people do not mind your nervous, actually is a good thing because then you remind them that you are a human being. I pulled myself back together and told the audience that I was nervous and everyone laughed with me and continued paying attention to me and helped me give a big round applause to my friend. The fact that I have done speeches before and I was successful gave me the security that I could do this event and that it was okay to be nervous once in a while.  Without HEY I probably would have gotten stuck in the speech and would have given up because I was not sure how to react. I am still working in getting better at public speaking, but I know that as long I have friends like HEY by my side I will get better.

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My Experience at the Youth in Mind Conference

My Experience at the Youth in Mind Conference

On August 28, 2009 I went to a conference in Alamo with Youth in Mind. I was there until August 30th. Youth in Mind is an organization that believes that Mental Health system should hear youth’s opinions on what decisions they are making that effect youth.

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EYAB Projects 2009-2010

EYAB Projects 2009-2010

2009-2010
One of EYAB’s key components is to work as a team of young advocacy leaders that educate the community about the needs of emancipated youth. EYAB will work to continue the emancipation training and develop new components that speak to the experiences of this team. The trainings are conducted from August through February.
EYAB Members will [...]

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EYAB’s White Water Rafting Retreat

EYAB’s White Water Rafting Retreat

By Nicole Hudley, HEY Research Intern

This August, I got the amazing opportunity to join HEY’s Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB) river rafting for their retreat.  I was absolutely overjoyed to be outside in the summer sun, in a beautiful scene of green trees and huge rocks, and of course to engage my entire body in [...]

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Where’s the Ride?

 
[From Aryeetey Welbeck, HEY EYAB Member]
In my current research, I have found that transportation is not a strong deterring factor for foster youth as they look for employment. Like I had originally expected, the need to get to work was at the forefront and transportation cost is universal. However, depending on the mode of transportation [...]

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EYAB Projects 2008/2009

2008-2009
Though the 2006-2007 employment model gave the youth valuable job skills, HEY wanted to elevate the importance of the youth’s role in making decisions. In 2008-09 the EYAB members were shaped into expert advocates through many trainings, seminars and briefings.  The youth, who are the experts in the experience of foster care and emancipation, used [...]

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EYAB Research Updates and Trends

Aryeteey Welbeck and Shavonté Keaton are members of HEY’s Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB). As part of their advocacy work with HEY, each EYAB member does in-depth research of a topic of their choice.
My Reaction to the Article: “Teens have tough time finding work in economy where adults flip burgers” at dailybreez.com (Read the article)
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