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January 19, 2010

HEY’s biweekly e-newsletter contains links to articles, reports, and information of interest to the foster care community. Click on the title to visit heysf.org to read the full article.


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Community Opportunities
HEY Hiring a Web Support and Design Intern

Job Title: Internship at HEY
Location: San Francisco
Department: Website Support and Design
Reports To: HEY Project Manager
Classification: Intern
Closing Date: Ongoing, but at least one full semester

About HEY:

Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY), a community project of United Way of the Bay Area, seeks an enthusiastic individual with website troubleshooting, design and management skills to serve as HEY’s new Website and Design Intern.

HEY is dedicated to strengthening and connecting San Francisco’s systems of support so that Bay Area youth emancipating, or “aging out” of the foster care system can enjoy a healthy transition to adulthood.  HEY identifies and raises awareness around challenges affecting local foster youth by bringing together a diversity of voices and experiences, including those of former foster youth, service providers, and other supporters, in finding solutions.

HEY’s core work includes:
1. Focused research on local practices that affect transition aged current and former foster youth
2. Skill building and information sharing opportunities for youth and direct service providers through trainings and convenings
3. An information hub of issues and challenges affecting local transition aged current and former foster care youth

As a result, supporters of foster youth are linked and informed about the challenges faced by former foster youth and gain access to hard data and expert review of policies and practices so that they can help improve the lives of former foster youth.  For more information about HEY visit: www.heysf.org

Position Summary:

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.  Primarily, the intern is responsible for continuous troubleshooting, content cleanup and editing, document and photo uploading and consultation regarding basic user interface.  The intern will also be expected to consult with HEY staff to work within existing site design framework to arrange and design content within HEY’s home page (http://heysf.org), topic landing pages (see examplehttp://heysf.org/foster-care-updates/) and other pages (http://heysf.org/hey-publications/emancipation-research-project/). The intern will be expected to take an active role in the management of HEY’s various social network profiles, including the recruitment of friends and fans, content uploading and monitoring, and research and engagement in potential ‘friend-raising’ and fundraising opportunities through these networks.   The intern’s responsibilities will also include research of best practices in non-profit website and social media integration, document display and download, online file management and other tasks associated with the heysf.org website.  The final goal of the website development is both to advance HEY’s mission to connect systems of support through a virtual community, and to create and engage in online fundraising activities.

Project Description:

The heysf.org website was first released in October 2009 after being converted from a static html page to a dynamic Wordpress style blog inclusive of several custom plugins and tools.  Currently the site is live and functioning, but still has bugs and planned improvements.  The site has a design framework, but lacks any strategic graphic design, especially in the display of content.  HEY has a list of projects and associated tasks varying from straightforward to complex and multi-layered.  The HEY intern will play an active role in designing the strategies and tasks to complete multiple projects.  The HEY intern will work primarily with the HEY Project Manager, but will also be expected to communicate with and consult other HEY staff, interns and youth. The HEY intern will be expected to communicate with a contracted system administrator, site development contractors, the United Way Information Technology Department, the United Way Marketing Department, and other community partners.  The HEY intern may also be requested to train HEY staff to use various components of heysf.org.

HEY is looking for a creative, organized and passionate student to assist us with the development and improvement of our website.  We are able to work with the right candidate to design the internship to match the requirements of their education program.  HEY prefers a student who has the availability to work 10-15 hours a week from the HEY office in San Francisco’s Financial District, but will also consider alternative work arrangements, such as tele-commuting, project based work or other formats.  HEY is able to provide academic, personal and professional support and capacity building opportunities.  The HEY intern will have the option to attend other HEY staff and external community meetings and trainings to better understand non-profit management and HEY’s other work.

Skills Desired:

* Experience and strong interest in working with website design and support
* Experience with back-end website administration
* Familiarity with Content Management Systems, Word Press preferred
* Strong knowledge of graphic design and software (HEY has Dreamweaver and InDesign available at the office, but is open to the use of any design/html software)
* The ideal candidate will be a motivated self starter who is capable of managing and prioritizing several projects at one time
* The ideal candidate will be able to work closely with the HEY project manager to develop strategies and associated tasks to be able to meet long term deadlines with minimal daily supervision.
* Familiarity or strong interest in search engine optimization, social networks, social media and nonprofit organizations
* Strong interest in utilizing social networks to improve visibility and viability of non-profits

Internship Duration:

At least one full semester, 10 to 15 hours per week.  For the right candidate, HEY is open to negotiating hours, job structure and project based internships. We are fairly flexible, however we require that the intern be able to speak with the Project Manager on a weekly basis at minimal and have regular face-to-face meetings, set up in advance.

Start Date:

Spring Semester 2010 – January/February (or ASAP, depending on availability).

Compensation:

* This is an unpaid, part-time internship position.
* HEY prefers a student needing to fulfill an internship requirement or volunteer hours, but will consider any applicant with the appropriate skills.
* HEY, being an intermediary and fiscally sponsored by the United Way has many networking opportunities, which are open to the intern, and HEY interns are encouraged to work with the HEY staff and Board of Directors to build their professional networks for employment opportunities.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter and the internship requirements (if relevant) to [email protected].

Cast your Nominations for California Coalition for Youth Awards

The California Coalition for Youth invites all interested youth and adults to cast nominations for the annual Taking Action Awards Dinner.  The following awards will be presented on March 21, 2010: the Sue Matheson Mentoring Award, the Mark Pearlman Outstanding Service Award and the CCY Youth Leadership Award.  Please download the official
awards nomination form here.
Nominations are due on Friday, February 5, 2010.

The California Coalition for Youth invites all interested youth and adults to submit proposals to present a workshop at Taking Action 2010. The goal of the conference is to highlight issues and challenges facing transition-age youth of all backgrounds throughout California. We are looking for creative and innovative workshops to address strategies for
serving or working with transition-age youth. Please download the official call for presenters and workshop proposal form here.


Proposals are due on Friday, February 12, 2010.

For conference-related questions, please feel free to email [email protected]!

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC) Hiring Director of Human Resources, Finance & Administration

The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC) is a non-profit organization seeking to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote healthy families. For more than thirty-six years, the programs that make up the SFCAPC have helped parents in their efforts to better care for their children; to provide direct services to children to help them deal with the effects of abuse and to cope with difficult family situations; and to provide public education and training on child abuse issues SFCAPC has three practice areas: Children & Family Services (Family Support Center, Intern Training, Respite, and TALK Line), Community Education, and Policy & Systems Coordination.

This is a professional, exempt position responsible for the overall management of the department of Human Resources, Finance and Administration. This position will oversee and direct the following key operational areas: financial policy and management, contracts management, human resources management, and administration. As a member of SFCAPC’s senior leadership team, this position will play a key role in the management of the organization. This position will provide leadership and vision to the organization and its staff in collaboration with the Executive Director and other members of the senior leadership team. This position will supervise SFCAPC’s Human Resources, Finance and Administrative team and report to the Executive Director.

Upcoming Events
CYC Day at the Capitol and Rally: February 1st

On Monday February 1st, 2010, approximately 125 CYC members from across California will gather for our annual rally on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. Youth members will share personal stories, hear from policy makers, and advocate on the importance of the issues facing youth in foster care, particularly as social services are facing significant budget cuts. CYC members will advocate for Family Finding and Engagement training for all social workers to decrease the numbers of youth entering foster care and reducing youths’ length of stay in foster care and the extension of foster care services/transition services through California legislation taking advantage of federal dollars available through the Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Based on the Governor’s proposed budget released last week, which included eliminating state support for fundamental services for transitional age foster youth, these issues are timely and urgent.

Join CYC member on the West Steps of the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, February 1st at 12 noon to send a loud and clear message to the governor and the legislature that foster youth need to be a priority in policy and the budget. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (415) 442-5060.

Summer Math and Science Honors Institute Information Night Wednesday January 20th

The Level Playing Field Institute presents an information session on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 pm. See flyer for more details.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals (Online Training)

Developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, this customized tutorial will help judges and attorneys gain an understanding of the work that child welfare and substance abuse treatment professionals perform, and will provide tips on how to engage and retain families in substance abuse treatment. It also highlights judicial and attorney roles and responsibilities and underscores the importance of partnership and collaboration among the three systems. This training is available on the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare website. The following trainings are also available online:

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.

If you would like to submit an announcement for a future HEY e-Newsletter, please email [email protected]

HEY Staff Recommended 'Trends to Watch'
January E-Note from HEY

Over the past few months we have sent you two e-letters and some of you may have also received our Holiday letter in the mail.  We have also continued our bi-weekly distribution of the HEY e-Newsletter. With each e-mail, we have asked for your support.  Thank you to those who have already donated, or supported HEY as a volunteer.  And to those who have not yet made a contribution, we hope you will support us with a >donation today.

Your online donation will be securely processed through our fiscal sponsor, United Way of the Bay Area.
If you prefer to make your contribution by check, please make your donation payable to HEY/UWBA and sent to 221 Main Street, Suite 300; SF, CA 94105.

Again, Happy New Year and thank you for your ongoing support.

The  HEY Team

HEY's Holiday Party

The staff, EYAB, HEY interns and friends celebrated the holiday season this year with dinner, games and conversation. We missed all of our good friends who could not attend, and hope everyone the best of luck in the upcoming new year!

Information for People Interested in College

[from Nicole Hudley, HEY Intern, along with anonymous partners 1/15/09]

Scholarships and Contests
Many scholarships and contests are posted in the College/Career Center and on the PTSA website at http://www.laslomasptsa.com/CollegeCareer/Scholarships.html. Although most scholarships are for current seniors, other students can also find scholarship opportunities. The various contests (writing, speech, poster, etc.) are for students of all grade levels. Also check for scholarships on www.fastweb.com.

Financial Aid
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Planning to apply for financial aid? Check out FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. FAFSA Worksheets for 2010-2011 are now available online for students who will be college freshman in the fall of 2010. (Do NOT use the site FAFSA.com.) Prior to completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) both the Parent and the Students should obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number) used as an electronic signature at www.pin.ed.gov. You may want to try FAFSA4caster, a financial aid estimator, at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov. Some private schools also require the CSS Financial Aid Profile available at www.collegeboard.com (fee charged by College Board). FAFSA Workshop: Wednesday, January 20, 1010 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Las Lomas in the LL Theatre. Speaker: Mary Morrison from Stanford University

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
Restoring Due Process for Undocumented Youth: Q&A about the Policy Change

[from Angela Chan of the Asian Law Caucus , provided at a Juvenile Justice Providers Association (JJPA) meeting]

1. What does the policy change do?

The policy change recognizes that principles of rehabilitation and family reunification
govern the juvenile justice system. The policy therefore only allows youth to be referred to
ICE after a juvenile court finds that a youth committed an alleged felony. In contrast, the
prior policy violated due process because it required that youth be reported to ICE for
deportation right after arrest before the youth even had his/her day in court.

Click on the title of the full article on heysf.org, or download the pdf.

New York Times Article: Financial Difficulties Strain California’s Foster Care System

[from The New York Times, January 15th, 2010, By GERRY SHIH]

In the summer of 2008, a 13-year-old boy from San Francisco emerged from a government van and scanned his new surroundings. Five handsome houses, a small school and an old gymnasium stood on 11 rural acres in the Central Valley that bordered an almond orchard.

Beyond the last house was a soothing panorama of unbounded farmland, interrupted only by old Highway 99 and the big rigs that rumbled across the horizon.

For more than two decades, this has been the setting that greeted more than 2,400 wards of the state as they arrive at the Excell Center ranch, a group home for foster boys with histories of violence or mental disabilities. It is situated just outside Turlock, 40 miles southeast of Stockton.

That the Excell Center, which now houses 52 youths from ages 10 to 18, has survived the die-off of foster homes is partly a matter of real-estate economics: it costs less to house people in the heart of the Central Valley than it does in urban areas, and it costs less to pay workers to take care of them.

The other underlying economic reality, recently confirmed by a panel of federal judges, is that for 18 years, the state’s reimbursement for foster care has fallen woefully short of its minimum goals. The combination of the two means foster care in the Bay Area has been hit harder than anywhere else in the state.

In a tale all too familiar in cash-strapped California, the foster care system has been coming apart from inadequate state financing for at least 20 years, officials at the county level say. In the past two months, a succession of key court decisions in favor of care providers lifted hopes that the judicial rulings might finally turn things around, but the lawsuits have simultaneously shed light on a system that has been cut to the bone.

Visit heysf.org to read the full article

State of the Youth Address: Positive P.R. for Youth Leaders

[from the National League of Cities; Institute for Youth, Education and Families; Youth Participation Advisors Network 12/09]

State of the Youth Address: Positive P.R. for Youth Leaders
Much like the President’s State of the Union address, preparing a State of the Youth address enables a youth council to strengthen its relationship with the greater community and local government, while developing the institutional knowledge and shared vision necessary to sustain an ever-changing membership. Youth councils in Oak Ridge, Tenn., San Francisco, Calif., and Caldwell, Idaho are just a few of the many councils across the country that have discovered the value of these yearly updates. State of the Youth addresses and other annually published reports may introduce the public to the council and its members, highlight the council’s successes and challenges over the last year, explain its goals for the coming year, outline policy and budget recommendations, and recognize important community partners. These addresses serve as a powerful public relations tool for youth councils, first by offering a positive counterpoint to the predominantly negative portrayal of teens in the media, and second by demonstrating a clear return on the community and local government’s investment in youth civic engagement. As Shannon Mullane, Chairperson of the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board explained in her 2009 State of the Youth address to city council, “This organization gives voice to the youth, and for the people who serve on the board, it provides incredible experiences that build leadership, teamwork, and decision-making skills.” At the same time, many youth councils face the challenge of a high membership turnover rate due to yearly high school graduations; annual reports help to preserve lessons-learned and maintain long-term goals through frequent membership transitions.

Click here to view the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board’s 2009 State of the Youth Address.
Click here to access the San Francisco Youth Commission’s archive of annual reports.
Click here to view a video recording of a recent Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Council State of the Youth Address.

Jolie-Pitt donate to kids' foster care

[from TVNZ.co.nz 12/28/09]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $100,000 to two US foster care homes.

The Hollywood couple, who raise six children together, gave the American SOS Villages in Florida and Illinois the Christmas present after being impressed by the work they do.

“We have seen firsthand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together. No one ‘ages out’ of an SOS Village: vocational training, advanced education, living assistance and moral support are there forever,” Jolie said of the generous gift.

The SOS Villages house over 200 disadvantaged children and Pitt said it was important to show gratitude for the work they do.

HEY Foster Care Library: New Reports and Resources
Featured HEY Partner: The San Jose Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives (RIFYI)

HEY works with RIFYI on events, research and other initiatives. This week we are featuring RIFYI and their great work!

Welcome to the San Jose State University Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives (RIFYI). The Research Institute is pleased to offer a new perspective on the issues facing children and youth living in out-of home care. The RIFYI takes a unique approach to exploring the concerns of those who have grown up in care by providing a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the issues of children and youth in care. Launched in 2009, San Jose State University’s Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives grew out of a critical need for research that increases the understanding of the relationship between child welfare practices and the educational and life outcomes for children and youth living in out of home care (which includes, foster care, group care, and kin care). The Research Institute directly explores child welfare systems and practices and informs public policy makers and service providers in order to effect positive systems change. What makes the Research Institute a unique effort is our multi-disciplinary focus in answering questions and addressing the concerns of those who have experienced placement in out of home care.

American Humane’s National Center on Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) 2010 Webinar Series

American Humane is offering a Live Meeting webinar series to complement their introductory and intensive trainings, technical assistance and coaching, and annual conference. They recognize that some coordinators, workers, facilitators, and other service providers are geographically isolated, work independently in their communities, or have limited resources to attend skills-based trainings. The series is designed to: Promote stimulating dialogue that helps community leaders advance the practice, policy and implementation of FGDM and other family engagement approaches; create a culture of support and learning for coordinators, facilitators, and other service providers; build strategic solutions to roadblocks encountered with implementation; and, leverage expertise within the FGDM and family engagement networks. Further details about the webinar series, including a schedule and descriptions of webinar topics, a registration form, and information about Continuing Education Units are available online.

http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/docs/protecting-children/PC-fgdm-webinars-2010.pdf

Free Special Issue of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 1989-2009

Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recently announced the publication of a freely available Special Issue of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 1989-2009 on the 20th Anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Special Issue aims to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It provides an overview of two decades of development in the areas of child maltreatment research, data collection, and reporting practice, as required by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and will facilitate information and practice exchange to support governments and professionals in their important efforts globally. The Special Issue will be freely available online, to all, for a year, along with Part 2 of the Special Issue which will be published in January 2010. Part 1 can currently be accessed at:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/5847-2009-999669988-1554191

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