Trends To Watch

HEY staff are experts in transitioning out of foster care, foster care, advocacy and youth empowerment – especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. We spend most of our time researching issues about these topics, meeting with community members and listening to youth. Each week we write HEY Trends to Watch as a way to express what we hear in the community.

Training to a Group of San Francisco State MSW Students

On March 22nd the EYAB team facilitated our Mental Health Alternatives for Foster Youth to a group of MSW students in San Francisco State University. It was the first time we had done this training and we are happy to say it went really well. The audience participated and was very interested in the material we were sharing with them. Personally, I am really happy because I was able to share my curriculum with students who are soon going to become social workers and will be working directly with foster youth.

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March 22nd – Protest in Sacramento

March 22nd – Protest in Sacramento

The fight to protect public education is still alive after March 4th. Many students, teachers and supporters came together on March 22, 2010 to protest in Sacramento and tell our representatives that we are unhappy with the budget cuts that have been and are still being made to our education.

Some of the struggles and issues faced by students because of these cuts are:

  • Students cannot get the classes they need to finish their General Requirements, let alone meet the requirements for their selected majors. 
  • The budget cuts do not only affect the amount of dollars received by students on financial aid, but it also jeopardizes whether they can receive aid at all.  A lot of financial aid is tied to how many units a student can enroll in, if classes are not offered students cannot get the units they need to receive credits and ultimately financial aid. In order for a student to receive financial aid they need to be enrolled 12 units, which is a full time student, but how can student fulfill this requirement if there are not enough classes for them to do so?
  •  The classes which are being offered are often at capacity.  It is sad to see classmates sit on the floor or stand during class time because there are not enough seats, since the classes have more students enrolled than they can handle.
  • We have mandatory furlough days because the schools can no longer pay teachers as many days as they used to.  As a result teachers are forced to take essential materials out of their curriculum.
  • The school is offering fewer Majors because it cannot afford them anymore.
  • Students are working many jobs just to be able to pay the raise in tuition, books that have raised their prices, then everything else: housing, transportation, and so on.
  • Even though services have been reduced, the average SFSU student is now paying $2,370 per semester.  This is an increase of more than $400 dollars per semester.  WE ARE PAYING MORE AND RECEIVING LESS!

I am disgusted and feel sad at the fact that my friends and I have to go through these struggles when all we want is an education and when we are paying so much money. This is why I got up at 5am to go to be able to leave with buses that San Francisco State University provided at 6:00am. I loved the fact that although we did not know everyone and that I had never heard about some of the schools that were there that we came together as one to tell our governor that we are not happy with the cuts made to our education and that we are not going to stop fighting until he stops making cuts. I hope to see more events like this, so that that we can create more awareness of what is happening with our public education and that our governor sees that he cannot deprive us from the great education we deserve. I know that as long we continue being persistent more students will come together and join the cause because they will see the importance of standing up for their rights and the rights of the younger generations. STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!!

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Protect Foster Youth From Identity Theft

Protect Foster Youth From Identity Theft

Foster youth are in risk of having their identity stolen by friends, family members or well anyone. The exact number of foster youth who have had their identity stolen is not known, but “some think that as many as half of the 84,000 kids in California’s system may have been victimized.” (Pathways1, 2010)

Here are some tips from California Office of Privacy Protection to help foster youth protect themselves from identity theft:

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