Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY) http://heysf.org Tue, 03 Nov 2009 02:32:10 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, speaking in San Francisco http://heysf.org/2009/11/pulitzer-prize-winner-sonia-nazario-author-of-enriques-journey-speaking-in-san-francisco/ http://heysf.org/2009/11/pulitzer-prize-winner-sonia-nazario-author-of-enriques-journey-speaking-in-san-francisco/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 02:32:10 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1975
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    Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario, who wrote Enrique’s Journey, is speaking in San Francisco at the request of the HSA summer book group. Her  book was a powerful story about undocumented minors who migrate alone to  the U.S.  Ms. Nazario will be speaking at St. John’s church, just two  blocks away from 170 Otis, at 6:00 on Friday, November 13th.  The Interfaith Coalition on Immigration Rights, Good Samaritan Settlement  House, and Green Arcade Books are co-sponsoring the event.

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    HEY Technology Update http://heysf.org/2009/11/hey-technology-update/ http://heysf.org/2009/11/hey-technology-update/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 22:04:10 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1973
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    from Dana Mandolesi, HEY Project Manager

    Lately, I have been redeveloping HEY’s new website so that it is easier to use and search.  As the internet becomes easily accessible to a wider population of people, we have taken the next step by expanding our work to connect youth and programs via online resources.  HEYsf.org now has easy to use features for anyone interested in learning about current issues, events, research and resources for and about foster care and emancipation, especially in the Bay Area and California.  Using social media for advocacy is the best way to reach a large audience and spread our mission to support and strengthen systems for youth aging out of foster care.  Because of HEY’s work over the last 10 years, San Francisco and the Bay Area have truly led the way in recognizing this population of young people and developing a system to support them in their housing, health, education and employment needs.   HEY has always been a leader, first by being one of the first voices in the nation to recognize emancipated foster youth as a group needing support.  HEY currently bases our work on an intermediary model, which is a progressive practice that intentionally connects, convenes, sustains and measures in order to create a sustainable system of supports for youth that takes many needs and existing community organizations into account.  Now, HEY is looking forward to the future to advocate for connected systems both in the real and virtual community.

    HEYsf.org Tip#1:  Heysf.org Search Bar

    HEYsf.org has always been a great resource for current events, updates and news about emancipated foster youth in the Bay Area.  While HEY’s staff and Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board are always responsive to requests, those resources may have been difficult to find online.  Now, HEYsf.org features a handy search bar on the top right hand corner of every page.  Simply type in a few search words and you’ll see original articles written by HEY staff, emancipated foster youth, links to relevant research from our partner agencies, and news updates from a multitude of newspapers, magazines, blogs and scholarly articles.  We hope that the HEYsf Search Bar can help you and your agencies in easily finding exactly what you need!

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    Champions for Children’s Health San Francisco Stroller Brigade and Rally http://heysf.org/2009/10/champions-for-children%e2%80%99s-health-san-francisco-stroller-brigade-and-rally/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/champions-for-children%e2%80%99s-health-san-francisco-stroller-brigade-and-rally/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2009 20:05:35 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1907
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    The  Children’s Defense Fund hosts Champions for Children’s Health San Francisco Stroller Brigade and Rally on November 8th 2-3pm at San Francisco City Hall. The purpose of this event is to send a strong message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein that California children need their leadership now to ensure that children are better –not worse – off after health care reform.

    As you may know, both houses of Congress will make key votes on national health reform legislation in the next few weeks and we are still begging them to fix the health care system for children. I am asking for your support in helping us raise our voices for children and demand that Congress and the President ensure every child has access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage that is easy to enroll in and keep.  Please come out to the CDF-CA San Francisco Stroller Brigade and Rally on November 8th at 2pm and RSVP for the event!

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    Characteristics of Effective Summer Learning Programs for Low-Income Youth http://heysf.org/2009/10/characteristics-of-effective-summer-learning-programs-for-low-income-youth/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/characteristics-of-effective-summer-learning-programs-for-low-income-youth/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:19:43 +0000 admin http://heysf.org/2009/10/characteristics-of-effective-summer-learning-programs-for-low-income-youth/
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    Effective summer programs can reduce summer learning loss among low-income youth, a leading cause of the achievement gap between low-income and more affluent students.  A new Child Trends review of the limited number of summer learning programs that have been rigorously evaluated suggests that these programs are likely to have positive impacts when they engage students in activities that are hands-on, enjoyable, and have real-world applications.

    The review, summarized in a fact sheet entitled What Works for Summer Learning Programs for Low-Income Children and Youth, also finds that effective programs are:

    • guided by grade-level curricular standards;
    • led by experienced teachers;
    • conduct classes with 15 or fewer students and at least two teachers; and
    • complement group learning with individual support.

    The fact sheet includes a table that shows whether the evaluated programs were found to work, not proven to work, or had mixed findings for educational/cognitive, youth development, and career-development outcomes.

    The fact sheet is based on a Child Trends white paper commissioned by The Wallace Foundation entitled Effective and Promising Summer Learning Programs and Approaches for Economically-Disadvantaged Children and Youth.

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    Children Uniting Nations Celebrates 11th Annual Day of the Child November 22; Rides From Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch at the Barker Hangar http://heysf.org/2009/10/children-uniting-nations-celebrates-11th-annual-day-of-the-child-november-22-rides-from-michael-jacksons-neverland-ranch-at-the-barker-hangar/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/children-uniting-nations-celebrates-11th-annual-day-of-the-child-november-22-rides-from-michael-jacksons-neverland-ranch-at-the-barker-hangar/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:14:32 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1849
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    [from PRWEB]

    Join Over 3000 Foster and At-Risk Youth & Mentors, Celebrities and Performers As We Celebrate Our Children in Need by Showing Them They Are Not Forgotten and Provide Them with Backpacks, Activities and School Supplies

    Los Angeles, CA ( October 13, 2009 — The Day of the Child is designed to bring awareness and support to the needs of children who, by no fault of their own, are living in and out of home care. Children Uniting Nations Day of the Child is the community’s way of letting foster children know that someone cares by providing mentors for the day. Ultimately, Day of the Child encourages mentoring and underscores the need for these children to develop meaningful connections with adults in their community. The long-term goal is to get members of the community to dedicate two days a month to be a permanent mentor for these children.

    This event takes several hundreds of high-risk children from foster homes, residential facilities and homeless shelters for a day of fun, games, rides and love with thousands of volunteer mentors. Foster youth spend the day enjoying rides, games, live entertainment, food and fun with our communities’ most caring mentors. At the end of the day, the children receive care packages including books, educational materials and every day necessities, which are donated by generous organizations and companies.

    Numerous celebrities and elected officials have donated their time as mentors and volunteers such as Pierce Brosnan, Sela Ward, Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Arquette, Jane Seymour, Tara Reid, N’Sync’s J.C. Chasez, Paul Rodriguez, Victoria Rowell, Jose Celano, California Governor Gray Davis and First Lady Sharon Davis, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Commissioner Ken Podziba and Commissioner William Bell to name a few. Past performers include Aaron Carter, Colby O’Donis, Run DMC, Coolio, 3rd Storee, Hanson, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Pointer Sisters, Nick Cannon and many local acts and national recording artists.

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    Walden House Hiring Employment Counselor http://heysf.org/2009/10/walden-house-hiring-employment-counselor/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/walden-house-hiring-employment-counselor/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:51:08 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1845
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    Employment Counselor
    Company: Walden House, Inc.
    Location: 1550 Evans Avenue
    Status: Full Time
    Salary: $15.38-17.31 per hour, DOE
    Close Date:
    Job Description:
    JOB SUMMARY
    Facilitates successful job search with all clients in the Re-entry phase of treatment. Teaches job seeking skills and interviewing skills. Writes resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. Provides support and counseling throughout the clients’ job search process.
    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
    •Case Management: Manages a caseload of clients currently seeking employment. Facilitates a daily morning meeting with all clients in active caseload. Maintains attendance records. Conducts a thorough intake with each client as they begin their job search to insure a supportive and appropriate job search plan is developed. Assists clients with job search planning. Teaches interviewing skills, job search skills and works with clients on soft skills as necessary. Writes an individualized resume for each client. Conducts mock interviews with clients and provides constructive feedback. Assists in cover letter and thank you note development. Facilitates employment related workshops/presentations. Provides counseling and support around all stages of the job seeking process. Connects clients to transitional work or training programs when appropriate. Ensures that each client’s employment goals are in line with the larger goal of economic self sufficiency. Participates and calls case conferences with department and clinical staff when necessary.
    •Program Development Responsibilities: Provides assistance in development and implementation of employment services.  In collaboration with other staff, develops services that link employment with the larger goal of economic self sufficiency for individual clients and the program as a whole.  Performs offsite outreach with community-based organizations.
    •Research Responsibilities: Researches outside program models and funding sources for employment and training programs serving very low income and unemployed adults.  Develops, plans and implements employment modules (group instruction, workshops, discussion groups, etc.)
    •Administrative Responsibilities: Maintains accurate client files in accordance with CARF and departmental standards.  Documents significant client activities.
    ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
    •Gets along with others and work as part of a team
    •Attends weekly employment team meetings and monthly all staff meetings
    EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
    •BA in Social Work, Psychology or related field
    •Extensive knowledge/experience in employment or career counseling
    •Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    •Mastery of MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Internet applications
    •Knowledge of diverse, disadvantaged populations with multiple barriers to educational and vocational success, including low literacy, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and impaired cognitive functioning
    •Knowledge of the job seeking process
    •Able to write and format resumes and cover letters for others
    •Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a caseload
    •Highly creative, energetic and enthusiastic
    Click here to Apply: https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=376302

    Walden House, Inc., 1550 Evans Avenue, San Francisco is hiring a  Full Time Employment Counselor with a salary of $15.38-17.31 per hour, DOE.

    JOB SUMMARY

    Facilitates successful job search with all clients in the Re-entry phase of treatment. Teaches job seeking skills and interviewing skills. Writes resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. Provides support and counseling throughout the clients’ job search process.

    See Walden House for a complete job description and how to apply!

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    Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Provide Services and Resources to California’s Foster Children http://heysf.org/2009/10/gov-schwarzenegger-signs-legislation-to-provide-services-and-resources-to-california%e2%80%99s-foster-children-2/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/gov-schwarzenegger-signs-legislation-to-provide-services-and-resources-to-california%e2%80%99s-foster-children-2/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:46:31 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1843
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    [from SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/, by Valerie Gotten ,  10/12/09]

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a package of legislation focused on expanding and promoting adoption opportunities and increasing services for children in California’s foster care system. The bills signed into law will create a food stamp program to assist youth transitioning out of the foster care system and help provide housing for former foster youth working toward a higher education degree. The legislation also ensures that California’s foster care system will continue to have the resources necessary to provide the valuable services these children depend on and helps older foster children secure a safe and stable living environment.

    “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment and this legislation will expand adoption programs and services to ensure that opportunity for California’s foster children,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “It is also important to provide youth with the right tools when they transition out of foster care and these bills help make that possible by improving their access to quality education and providing them with resources to be successful as independent adults.”

    The Governor announced that he has signed the following six bills:

    · AB260 by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) that will require that a licensed person shall not make any false, deceptive or misleading statement or representation, require a mortgage broker to receive the same compensation for providing mortgage brokerage services whether paid by a lender, borrower or a third party and will prohibit a mortgage broker from steering a borrower to accept a loan at higher cost.

    · AB 719 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) to create a 12-month transitional food stamp demonstration project that grants federally funded food stamps to foster youth for one year after their eighteenth birthday, when they age-out of the foster care system and no longer qualify for state aid.

    · AB 1393 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) to require the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges to give priority for on-campus housing to emancipated foster youth.

    · AB 295 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to extend the Older Youth Adoption pilot project for six months until June 30, 2010 to provide participating pilot counties with sufficient time to demonstrate the effectiveness of pre-adoption and post-adoption services for older youth who have been in the system over 18 months and are living in group homes or non-related foster families.

    · AB 167 by Assemblymember Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) to exempt a foster youth who transfers from a new school during the eleventh or twelfth grade from completing locally-imposed course requirements that exceed minimum state standards, if those local requirements would prevent the student from graduating while he or she remains eligible for foster care.

    · AB 669 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) to exempt current or former foster youth age 19 years or under from California State University, University of California and California Community Colleges in-state residency requirements for tuition and fees.

    · AB 1325 by Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) to create an alternative option to the definition of “traditional adoption,” in the case of adopting a Native American child. In traditional adoption, termination of parental rights of the biological parents must occur for a Native American child to be adopted. Unfortunately, termination of parental rights can be detrimental to Native American cultures. This bill will add the option of Customary Adoption. Customary Adoption is defined as “a traditional tribal practice recognized by the community which gives a child a permanent parent-child relationship with someone other than the child’s birth parent.”

    In addition, the Governor signed a series of foster care-related bills that make changes to existing state laws to ensure that California continues to receive important federal funding to maintain child welfare services:

    · SB 597 by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) to establish the development of a plan for the ongoing oversight and coordination of health care services for foster youth and the development of a personalized transition plan for a foster youth in the 90-day period before he or she ages out of foster care.

    · AB 154 by Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to specify that any savings in state funds attained from an increase in federal funding for adoption services be reinvested in the foster care and adoption service system. The bill also requires adoption agencies to inform prospective adoptive parents of their potential eligibility for federal and state adoption tax credits.

    · AB 595 also by Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) to tighten requirements for approving criminal background checks for foster care family homes licensing in an effort to prohibit persons convicted of specific offenses from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

    · AB 665 by Assemblymember Alberto Torrico (D-Fremont) to broaden the use of the federal adoption incentive awards that are received by the state as a result of increased adoptions of older children to include other legal permanency options available to older foster youth in order to increase the opportunities for these youth to be placed in stable homes. Other legal permanency options include legal adoption, relative guardianship and reunification services when those services were previously terminated.

    · AB 938 by the Committee on Judiciary to require that when a child is removed from his or her parents and placed in foster care, the child’s social worker must within 30 days, conduct an investigation to identify and locate the child’s adult relatives and notify them that the child has been removed from his or her parents’ home.

    The Governor also signed the following two child welfare-related bills:

    · AB 488 by Assemblymember Norma Torres (D-Pomona) to authorize the Department of Social Services to renew or extend beyond a three-year time period specified performance agreements with private, nonprofit agencies that provide child welfare services. This bill also requires the county or private nonprofit agency to fund an independent evaluation of the agency’s performance.

    · SB 118 also by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) to direct counties to include information about incarcerated parents who receive services required by the court to reunify that parent with his/her children.

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    Foster Care Bills 167 and 595 Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger http://heysf.org/2009/10/2-foster-care-bills-signed-by-governor-schwarzenegger/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/2-foster-care-bills-signed-by-governor-schwarzenegger/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:39:59 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1839
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    [from Best Syndication News 10/14/09]

    SACRAMENTO – Two bills which provide protection and support services for California’s foster children, were signed into law on Sunday by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Assembly Bill 167 will exempt a foster child who transfers to a new school during the eleventh or twelfth grade from being required to meet locally-imposed course requirements if those requirements exceed the minimum state standards and would prevent him or her from graduating.

    “Foster youth who experience multiple placement moves face considerable challenges in graduating from high school,” said Kathy Martin, Legislative Program Manager for San Bernardino County’s Human Services Administration. “This bill enables these vulnerable youth the opportunity to exit foster care with a diploma in hand.”

    Assembly Bill 167 will take effect on January 1, 2009.

    Assembly Bill 595 tightens requirements for approving criminal background checks for foster care family homes licensing in an effort to prohibit persons convicted of specific offenses from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

    “Children in California’s foster care system face unique and difficult challenges,” said Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia). “It is our responsibility to help these children transition to new surroundings and ensure that they are being placed in a safe family environment before leaving our care.”

    Assembly Bill 595 will take effect immediately.

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    Good News from the IRS Could Boost Advocacy Funding http://heysf.org/2009/10/good-news-from-the-irs-could-boost-advocacy-funding/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/good-news-from-the-irs-could-boost-advocacy-funding/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:31:07 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1835
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    [from the Alliance for Justice E-News Bulletin 10/14/09]

    Public charities now have guidance from the IRS on how to treat grants to groups that lobby. We hope this clarification will give more grantmakers the confidence to fund aggressive advocacy.

    More than five years ago, Alliance for Justice responded to the needs of community foundations and other public charities by requesting IRS clarification on grants to nonprofits that lobby.

    The new ruling indicates that the IRS will allow public foundations or other public charities that have made the 501(h) election to rely on the rules that already govern grantmaking by private foundations.

    This is good news for community foundations and all other public charities (what most people think of as “nonprofits”) that make grants, and should boost funding for advocacy.

    Read an Alliance for Justice fact sheet explaining the IRS Private Letter Ruling. Read the IRS Private Letter Ruling.

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    Inside the Research: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren http://heysf.org/2009/10/inside-the-research-grandparents-raising-grandchildren/ http://heysf.org/2009/10/inside-the-research-grandparents-raising-grandchildren/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 01:23:46 +0000 Dana Mandolesi http://heysf.org/?p=1831
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    [from Chapin Hall Alert: October 2009]

    Over half of the Illinois grandparents who assume the care of their children’s children do so for longer than 5 years. During this period of time, they must grapple with changes in their own physical and mental health, as well as those of the children in their care. A Chapin Hall study of grandparents raising grandchildren explores grandparents’ well-being, their perceptions of the children’s well-being and needs, and the degree to which they are both accessing services to ameliorate their problems.

    Read Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Long-Term Challenge

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