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December 08, 2009

HEY’s biweekly e-newsletter contains links to articles, reports, and information of interest to the foster care community.


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Job and Community Opportunities
HEY Web Intern – Currently Hiring!

HEY seeks a student intern to support the continuing work of our new website, heysf.org. Heysf.org is run with a WordPress Content Management System (CMS), with several custom plugins.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin Hiring: Program Assistant

The mission of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin is to develop a vital and engaged community dedicated to building and sustaining quality of life. The Program Assistant supports the Program Team in smooth, efficient production of all the Center’s capacity building and leadership development efforts. The program assistant maintains all programmatic information; including monthly reports, expense tracking, contracts, and invoices. S/he will provide information and referral services to nonprofits and coordinate the Centers Resource Library—a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center. The Program assistant also provides administrative support to the Director of Programs, and oversea our membership program. Go to the post on heysf.org for the full job description.

WestCoast Childre's Clinic Seeks Clinician/Clinical Case Manager

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is seeking a licensed or license-eligible Clinician/Clinical Case Manager for its Foster Youth Development Program (FYDP). FYDP is designed to meet the unique needs of Transition Age Youth in the Alameda County foster care system and to support these youth as they prepare for and navigate through emancipation. The job title is FYDP Transition Facilitator, who will provide a wide array of services to support foster youth from 15-years-old through their 21st birthday. The Transition Facilitator provides intensive clinical case management, individual, family and group therapy, as well as collateral work with foster parents, social workers, teachers, and other adults in youths’ lives. FYDP services are primarily community-based, meeting youth where they are at and where they feel most comfortable, whether that is in their home, school, or in the community. The Transition Facilitator must have strong clinical and advocacy skills, be flexible, utilize a strengths-based approach, and demonstrated experience working with adolescents in foster care.

Free Classes from the Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is bringing free classes on some of our most popular topics to locations throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Click on the program title for more details, including how to register.

Livermore—Finding Foundation Support for Your Education
Friday, December 4, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Richmond—Fundraising in a Challenging Economy
Monday, December 14, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Oakland—Your Board and Fundraising: An Introductory Class for Small Nonprofits
Monday, December 14, 3:00-4:30 pm

Upcoming Events
Community Forum on Jobs

The Excelsior Action group in collaboration with other agencies that serve the Excelsior district would like to invite you to the Community Forum on Jobs in the Excelsior. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 3, from 6-8pm, at the Ocean Ave. Presbyterian Church. Food and childcare will be provided.

Come and meet representatives from the City and others to talk about how to connect Excelsior residents to quality jobs. This will be the beginning of a larger discussion about how to overcome the obstacles to providing job training resources in the Excelsior and better serve the neighborhood. Please see the flier attached for additional details. This event is open to all Employment programs in San Francisco, serving people of all ages and backgrounds

Audioconference to Focus on Impact of Health Reform on Cities, Children and Families

[from the National League of Cities: Institute for Youth, Education and Families 12/03/09]

A free, hour-long audioconference sponsored by the YEF Institute will focus on “Health Care Reform: How New Federal Policies Will Impact Cities, Children and Families.” The call will take place Thurs., Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Speakers, including NLC federal relations staff, will discuss the key provisions of pending bills. Topics will include: proposed changes to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); subsidies to help low-income families purchase insurance coverage; and provisions designed to reduce the growth of health care costs, improve access to wellness and preventive services and expand insurance coverage to all Americans. In addition to hearing about the impact on children and families, listeners will learn about the implications of federal health proposals for cities as employers and safety net providers.
While the call is free, it is only available to a limited number of participants. Advance registration is required by close of business Tues., Dec. 15. No phone registrations can be accepted. One day prior to the call, each registrant will receive an email providing a toll-free, dial-in number to use in joining the audioconference. For questions about the YEF Institute’s audioconference series, contact Michael Karpman at (202) 626-3072 or [email protected]
Read NLC’s agenda for health care reform >>
Register for this audioconference >>

This newsletter is solely for informational purposes; the legislative information and articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Honoring Emancipated Youth or United Way of the Bay Area.

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HEY Staff Recommended 'Trends to Watch'
New HEY Policy Paper - Immigration Related Barriers and Youth

HEY has recently released a new HEY Guide about the intersection of immigration and child welfare. In San Francisco, immigrant youth have been in the spotlight as the city considers various implications of the sanctuary-city policy. In the summer of 2009, HEY began exploratory research on San Francisco–specific issues related to the intersection of immigration and child welfare in order to develop a deeper understanding of the particular issues non-native youth face. With a better comprehension of the multiple barriers and concerns, HEY can support the child welfare system to best protect vulnerable young people in San Francisco in a just and competent way.

See the entire guide here!

Coming Soon - EYAB: Where Are They Now?

The current EYAB is in the process of creating a new section to be featured on the EYAB page on the new HEY website. EYAB members are currently in the process of interviewing past EYAB members and asking them a series of questions ranging from: what EYAB term did you serve, to where would you like to see the EYAB 5 years from now. This is the beginning of EYAB’s hope to start an alumni network for former EYAB members. Be on the lookout for the first round of EYAB “Where Are They Now” interviews to be added to the website within the next couple months!

My Experience as a HEY Intern

I am a senior at San Francisco State University graduating with a B.S. from the Health Education Program. After 3 intellectually-stimulating, time-demanding semesters in this program, the final semester requires students to intern for local organizations…

HEY's First Houseparty Fundraiser

[from Claudia Mendez, HEY EYAB Member]
On December 6th, Katy Hope, one of HEY’s board members hosted a fundraiser event in her house. I am happy to say that all of her hard work paid off because the event was a success. Other board and staff members came to represent HEY and talk to Katy guest about our work. I loved being able to talk to people who were interested in finding ways to learn more about foster youth and to help make a change. I am proud to be part of a group of people who can bring people with different backgrounds together to talk about an issue and work together to find solutions. My favorite part of the event was the energy in the room. They were so welcoming and the event did not feel like it was fundraiser event it felt almost like a family reunion. HEY is so thankful for Katy Hope’s hard work and commitment to helping HEY.

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
San Francisco Budget Central WebPage Now Updated

The Budget Central web page on HSN’s website for FY 2010-11 is now updated. Budget Central is designed to be a one-stop resource for budget information and documents, policy papers and rally/event fliers throughout the process. The new page contains all information available to date on FY 2009-10 mid-year cuts and the FY 2010-11 budget. Last year’s page has been archived but is still available.

California is facing a serious shortfall in its supply of college-educated workers

[from the Public Policy Institute of California]

California is facing a serious shortfall in its supply of college-educated workers. Improving the educational attainment of the state’s young adults will boost individual success and increase economic growth.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that highlights our state’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in eight key areas:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of the California 2025 project on the state’s future challenges and opportunities.

Juvenile Justice Legislation Advances

[from the Child Welfare League of America, Children's Monitor Online 12/07/09]

On Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved the Youth PROMISE Act, 17 to 14. This legislation (H.R. 1064/S. 435) takes a major step towards establishing a nationwide continuum of evidenced-based prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth and will greatly reduce crime.

The Youth PROMISE Act calls for the implementation of evidence- and research-based strategies to reduce gang violence and crime. Under the act, communities facing the greatest youth gang and crime challenges will form a local council to develop a comprehensive plan for implementing intervention strategies. This council will include representatives from law enforcement, court services, schools, social service, health and mental health providers, and community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations. These strategies will be targeted at young people who are at-risk of becoming involved, or already involved in, gangs or the criminal justice system to redirect them toward productive and law-abiding alternati

New Bills Address Education of Foster and Homeless Children

[from the Child Welfare League of America 12/7/09]

Shortly before the Thanksgiving break, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced companion legislation to address educational access for children in foster care and homeless children and youth. The Fostering Success in Education Act of 2009, S. 2801, introduced by Franken, would create a version of the McKinney-Vento program but apply it to children in foster care. The Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act, S. 2800, introduced by Murray, would reauthorize the McKinney-Vento education program.

The Franken bill would require some of the same mandates on the state education and local education agencies that were enacted on child welfare agencies in 2008 as part of the Fostering Connections to Success Act (P.L. 110-351). The legislation requires child welfare agencies to keep children placed in foster care in their current schools when it is in the child’s best interest. When staying in their current school is not in the foster child’s best interest, then the child welfare agency must make sure that the child gets immediate enrollment in a new school. The Fostering Connections to Success Act also allowed states to draw down Title IV-E foster care maintenance funds to cover the cost of transportation if the child is Title IV-E eligible (approximately 211,000 out of 494,000 foster children in 2007). The initial challenge to the changes enacted by the Fostering Connections to Success Act is that the mandate is on the child welfare agency and those agencies do not control school enrollment policies. In some instances, local education agencies are unaware of the 2008 change.

There’s more to this article!

HEY Foster Care Library: New Reports and Resources
Evidence-Based Programs in Action: Policy and Practice Insights from a Success Story

Featuring Philip B. Uninsky, J.D., Youth Policy Institute, Inc., Hamilton, NY
Introduction – Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D.
Presentation – Philip Uninsky, J.D.
PowerPoint
Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street, NW (Metro Center)

Philip Uninsky, Executive Director of the Youth Policy Institute (Hamilton, NY), shared his experiences and lessons learned in successfully implementing a broad continuum of evidence-based early intervention programs to improve academic outcomes and reduce or prevent substance abuse, juvenile detention, and foster care placements. Evaluations thus far show that outcomes meet or exceed those predicted by the research. Mr. Uninsky offered timely and relevant insights to national policy makers and others focused on advancing proven program models. Mr. Uninsky’s presentation was followed by commentary from policy experts.

Three new Reports from the Youth Data Archive

[from the John W. Gardner Canter for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University]


The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC) is pleased to share with you three new publications about the educational experiences of youth in the foster care system. These documents are the result of an ongoing partnership between the JGC and Advocates for Children, the San Mateo County CASA program; the San Mateo County Human Services Agency; school districts; and other stakeholders to use the Youth Data Archive (YDA) to understand educational outcomes for foster youth. Following are three new documents available on our website:
• Educational Outcomes for Court-Dependent Youth in San Mateo County Issue Brief—a full report on the findings and implications from a recent YDA analysis that examined educational outcomes for foster youth enrolled in four partnering school districts
• Snapshot—a brief summary of the main findings and policy implications from the Issue Brief
• Fostering Educational Success: Legislation and Policies to Promote Positive Educational Experiences for California’s Foster Youth Policy Factsheet—background on recent legislative efforts in California to improve educational outcomes for foster youth
These reports are available at http://gardnercenter.stanford.edu/current_initiatives/youth_archive.html. We appreciate your support and invite any feedback or questions. Thanks so much!

Fred Finch Launches New Calendar

[from the FYA Weekly Bulletin 12/03/09]
The Fred Finch Youth Center Training Department has launched a new calendar which allows you to access the training flyers by clicking on the links to the right. All of the flyers are also accessible on the website, www.fredfinch.org. These trainings are open to those who work with foster youth in Alameda and Solano counties and are presented in partnership with Chabot Los Positas Community College and Alameda and Solano Counties.

New Guide For Homeless Youth Advocates

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the National Center for Homeless Education present this guide to help educators and child welfare advocates clear the path to school success for children and youth who are forced to leave their homes due to abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. Two federal laws, among others, provide tools to clear the way: The McKinney-Vento Act and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. This guide provides basic information about both laws and suggests practical strategies for their implementation. The lives of three young people provide the context to show how child welfare and education staff can ensure school stability, attendance, and full participation for children and youth in out-of-home care.

Please contact us with any questions and, as always, visit the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education’s website www.abanet.org/child/education for more information and resources.

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