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March 02, 2010

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

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Community Opportunities

Urban Solutions Presents a Free, Three-Part Workshop for Small Businesses: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND RECORDKEEPING

This intensive three-session course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to understand how to use a financial software to help you increase business profits and performance. The workshop will cover the importance of budgeting, the purpose of different financial reports (cash flow, P/L, balance sheet). Learn how to find out where all your cash has gone and how to forecast how much cash you will have in the bank for working capital. You will also learn how to create spreadsheets that will improve and facilitate your business. Also learn how to create customer and product databases, charts and what-if scenarios. Led by expert consultant Kent Lucas, this workshop is sure to get your books in shape and help your refine your financial management skills! Sponsored by Union Bank.

WHEN: In three parts:
Mon, March 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Wed, March 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Mon, March 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm

WHERE: Minna Park Common Room at 529 Minna Street between 6th St. and 7th St. One block from Civic Center BART/Muni Metro and near bus lines 5, 6, 9, 9l, 14, 14L, 19, 21, 27, 71, 71L.

COST: Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served

RSVP REQUIRED! Class is limited to 15. First come, first serve. Register by calling Emily at 415-553-4433 ext. 101. Participants must be able to commit to all 3 sessions.

Annual Early Academic Planning Camp for 8th Grade Foster Youth


The 4TH Annual Early Academic Planning Camp at San Jose State WILL BE TAKING APPLICATIONS for the SUMMER 2010 CAMP! This year’s camp will be offered Wednesday, June 23rd, 9:00 am to Saturday, June 26th, 11 am and will be located in Campus Village Suites 9 Bldg C @San José State University, San José, CA. The camp is being sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education- Foster Youth Services.

The primary goals of the camp are:
• Inspire and motivate students to reach for the dream of a college education; offer guidance and direction in their academic pursuits;
• provide academic skills training; and
• build a sense of community.

This FREE program will encourage 30-40 8th grade foster youth to see higher education as an achievable pathway to fulfilling their dreams and will show them what they need to do in high school to prepare for university admission. Our camp takes place on the San José State Campus, a wonderful opportunity for youth to get a feel for what it will be like to go to college and live on campus. Applications are due by May 15, 2010. In the event that we have a large response of applications, a maximum of 5 youth per county will be accepted, and additional youth will be placed on a waiting list.

This year, we are requiring that a chaperone be designated by the county for every 5 youth represented. Room and Board is provided for each chaperone. Transportation for youth is the responsibility of the care giver or county program.

An application will be available for downloading on our website on March 5, 2010. Please consider recommending a foster youth to attend the camp. Information on the camp is posted on the CME Society website at

For questions regarding the camp, please contact Connie, or Mario and Kanisha at 408-924-1098/924-5699 via email at [email protected]

Juma Ventures currently recruiting youth

Juma helps local high school youth break the cycle of poverty, by ensuring that young people complete a 4-year college education.
Juma provides youth:
• Part-time Employment in Pro Sports Stadiums (NFL, MLB & NBA)
• Educational Support; Tutoring & College Preparation
• Counseling & Leadership Opportunities
• Financial Education; College Savings & Scholarship Opportunities
• And Much More… visit to learn more

Youth Requirements:
• Youth must be a current sophomore in High School.
• Youth must be 16 years old by August 1st 2010.
• Youth must have a 2.0 GPA or above.

Attached flyer has all the basic information(SF & OAK specific). Please post at your locations and let qualified youth know to come to our next orientation.
Juma only holds one recruitment per year!


SF Office                                                                Oakland Office
131 Steuart Street, Suite 201                       580 Grand Avenue, Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94105                              Oakland, CA 94610

For questions please visit or email: [email protected]

4 Internships Available for Youth from Public Housing in SF

A Message from Director
Maria Su
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families


What if some of the most run-down housing in San Francisco could be transformed into a vibrant family zone with the best affordable housing, schools, and community services in town? And, what if the youth living in
that housing today could be the organizers and community developers planning and leading that transformation?

I am proud to say that “what if” will become “what is” on March 1 when the first 20 youth from four neighborhoods will begin internships with the newly formed HOPE SF Youth Leadership Academy (the “Academy”). The Academy will match five youth with the adults responsible for the revitalization process in each of four neighborhoods. Committing 10 hours per month, the youth and adults will work together in neighborhood-based teams to tackle real planning issues such as:
• How should a park be designed?
• What programs should be offered at the community center?
• How do we engage more youth in helping us make the right choices in this process?

Once a month, youth and adults from all four sites will come together in Academy Saturdays to do citywide learning, team building, and learn about community development career opportunities. Youth interns will gain valuable leadership skills, be exposed to community development as a career, and influence the planning decisions of their community, all while earning a stipend. Participating adults will learn how to effectively
involve youth in planning decisions. Youth and adults working together will create better master plans and lasting neighborhood improvements.

You can join us in this effort by helping us find our first group of youth who are:
• Ages 14 to 16
• A resident of one of the active HOPE SF sites—Hunters View, Potrero Annex or View, Sunnydale, and Westside Courts
• Able to commit 10 hours per month in scheduled activities
• Passionate about their community
• Interested in developing excellent communication and presentation skills

Interns will attend workshops, advise the development teams and the Housing Authority of community needs, attend a two day summit at UC Berkeley, and receive a stipend for consistent involvement (up to $75.00 per month). A printable overview and application are available at and are due February 22, 2010 by 5:00 pm. To learn more contact Coordinator Maurita Dunphy at [email protected] or 415 701-5563.

DCYF is a lead sponsor of this program and is excited to join the efforts of the HOPE SF initiative leaders—the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority—to create a strong youth component for their important initiative. An array of collaborators have signed on to make this program a success including: Citibank Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Interagency Council; Japanese Community Youth Council; the San Francisco Youth Commission; UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities & Schools; and each of the participating development teams including: Bridge Housing Corporation, EM Johnson Interest, Mercy Housing California, and The John Stewart Company.

Upcoming Events
Adolescent Health Workgroup Provider Gathering, April 16, 2010

The AHWG hosts the 7th Annual Teen/Young Adult Provider Gathering on Friday, April 16, 2010 from 9:30-11:30am. The 2010 focus is adolescent sexuality. Click on the article title for the flyer with full details.

San Francisco Summer Family Resource Fair 2010

Superintendent Carlos A. Garcia & Mayor Gavin Newsom’s 2010 San Francisco Summer Family Resource Fair
Saturday, March 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Concourse Exhibition Center — Eighth & Brannan Streets
OVER 200 Exhibitors: Camps, Classes, Arts & Sports, Healthy Lifestyles, City Services, Fun and Games for Kids
A Showcase of Summer Activities for Children, youth, and families
TAKE MUNi 12, 19, 27, 47
Visit or call 311 for more information.

Health Fair for Current and Former Foster Youth - March 17, 2010

Celebrate Public health with ILSP community roundtable kickoff. Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Horace Mann Middle school, 3351 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, Time: 4 pm-7 pm

Includes: BBQ DINNER, Free condoms and goodies, free HIV testing, discussions and other resources.

Click here for the full flyer

For more information contact Timika at 415 934 4203 or [email protected]

106.1 KMEL, ~Y.U.T.H.E ~Bay View Mental Health ~Iris Center ~New generation health center ~

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 Foster Youth Employment Statistics from HEY!

HEY has released 4 new HEY Statistics focusing on foster youth and unemployment. The 4 HEY Statistics paint a picture of the barriers foster youth face while searching for and keeping employment. They express the current services available to them to assist them to find employment, and provide best practices for youth serving agencies. The HEY Statistics also focus on how to best track foster youth data, how organizations can better serve foster youth in employment programs, and the value of tracking foster youth data in their programs.

Check out the HEY Statistics:

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
Judge Rules in Favor of California Alliance: State Must Increase Payments to Group Homes

[from the Foster Youth Alliance, FYA Bulletin 2/24/10]

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the far-reaching decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel on Monday in the case brought by The California Alliance of Child & Family Services. The judge ruled that the state must increase by 32% the rates it pays group homes caring for foster youth. The Courthouse News Service also covered the ruling, quoting Carroll Schroeder, Executive Director of the California Alliance: “Judge Patel’s ruling means that kids who need the level of care provided by group homes will finally receive the funding for care they need and deserve.”

New Resource: Online Clearinghouse for State Child Welfare Policies

New Online Clearinghouse for State Child Welfare Policies

Child Trends, with support from Casey Family Programs, launches the State Child Welfare Policy Database to provide information on child welfare laws, procedures, and agency guidance for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Database can help elected officials, administrators, advocates, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders keep up to date with the policies that protect our nation’s most vulnerable children.

The site can be navigated by state or by topic. You can learn about your state’s expenditures on child welfare services, policies for relatives and “kin” caring for children involved in the child welfare system, benefits and services provided to foster youth after age 18, and much more. In addition to the traditional web version, the site is designed to be compatible with your mobile device, allowing for easily accessible information on the go.

For more information about child welfare resources available at Child Trends, please visit: Through program evaluations, data analysis, policy surveys, literature reviews, and research syntheses, we seek to inform policy makers and frontline practice.

CWLA Reveals Top 5 Child Welfare Challenges and Opportunities for 2010

[from, 01/27/10]

Kicking off the year, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, announced its top challenges and opportunities for 2010, during its “Children 2010: Leading a New Era” National Conference. CWLA’s Top 5 list captures events and trends are shaping the future for foster children this year…and beyond.

“The Top 5 are key issues affecting foster children. Even though the economy continues to take its toll, we do see promising changes in the way our nation treats children and tackles child welfare issues,” said CWLA’s CEO Chris James-Brown. “As President Obama reports on the State of the Union, we encourage him to continue embracing changes that help children succeed. Smart and sustained investments in children are critical to our nation’s future.”

Click on the article title to see the top 5 trends

SB 543 Facts: Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth

In 2004, the voters of California passed Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. This Act imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.

Community stakeholder groups consisting of consumers, families, and service organizations have met to identify barriers to consumer populations not only for MHSA programs, but also for all mental health services. SB 543 addresses the identified barrier of parental consent for at-risk youth seeking mental health services. SB 543 also increases accessibility to mental health programs, particularly prevention and early intervention programs, which have better results, reduce future costs and are less expensive to administer.

SB 543 helps ensure that youth do not have to wait until their mental health situations become dire and their safety is compromised by suicide, substance abuse or violence to receive services. The legislation would allow youth ages 12 to 17 to consent to mental health treatment or counseling when the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to participate intelligently in the services or when the youth would present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self or others without the services. Additionally, SB 543 still requires the involvement of the minor’s parent or guardian if or when the attending professional determines parental involvement is appropriate.

Click on article title for the full story.

Bryan Samuels Approved for ACYF

[from Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Children's Monitor Online 2/22/10]

On Friday, February 11, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Bryan Samuels to head up the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. The agency plays a critical role in the oversight of many human service programs including child care and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families but, most importantly to CWLA, also child welfare programs. As a result, the agency is vital to the effective implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success Act (P.L. 110-351). In praising the action Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “Bryan Samuels has devoted his career to working on behalf of children, youth and families. His distinguished career in public service has been guided by his personal experience growing up in a residential school for disadvantaged children. He is committed to making a difference in the lives of at-risk children, and will be an outstanding leader at the Administration for Children and Families.” The Senate took the action along with 26 other nominations. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) was reported to have placed a hold on all presidential nominees as way to get funding for some projects in Alabama.

HEY Foster Care Library: New Reports and Resources
How to Adopt Web Section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway Website

[from the NRCPFC Weekly Update 2/24/10]
Find information on how to adopt for the families you work with, including resources that explain who can adopt, factors to consider before adoption, the many adoption choices available (including domestic, intercountry, and open adoption), home study requirements, finding an agency, adoption by different types of families (including single-parent; stepparent; kin and relative; military; transracial and transcultural; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender [LGBT] families), and assistance with adoption expenses.

University Blues: Mental Health Needs of Foster Youth in Higher Education Training

As a valued member of the higher education community, California College Pathways and our community partners would like to invite you to participate in a free professional development training entitled, “University Blues: Mental Health Needs of Foster Youth in Higher Education” on strategies to assist former foster youth with accessing mental health services. This training is open to college campus support faculty and staff working with students from foster care in higher education.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: California Endowment Oakland Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Register Online: CLICK HERE <>  or <>

Deadline to Register: Friday, March 26, 2010

Click on the article title to see a full description of the training.

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