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May 27, 2010

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

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Community Opportunties
Great Training Series: Integration and Professional Development of Consumers

Looking for Participants for Great Training Series! This is a free training series available to individuals who are currently staff, but were formerly clients, of the agency they work for.

Federal Youth Partners’ Oakland TAY Conference

Youth, Federal agencies, state and local organizations, non-profits, and foundations are
collaborating on a conference focused on maximizing outreach, services, and funding for the Transition-Aged Youth (TAY) population.

CHALK is currently looking to fill 5 part time positions:

CHALK Outreach Worker: No prior experience necessary. We will train you! Must be 14-17 years old. Must live in San Francisco.

National Radio Projec's Making Contact Internship

Making Contact is weekly, internationally syndicated, public affairs program, heard on on over 150 radio stations. The staff of Making Contact is small, but extremely talented and committed. We are seeking hard-working team players to help us produce segments for Making Contact.

FREE Summer Media Camp!!

BAYCAT’s Summer Media Camp is a fun educational experience that focuses on producing a TV show, animation shorts, music and vocal performances, media messages regarding social justice issues, performing art pieces and presentations by Bay Area media talent and artists.

Upcoming Events
Juvenile Justice Mental Health Consultation presents "Mindfulness & Self-Care for Service Providers with Mind Body Awareness Project (MBAP)," free training

Stress, burnout and depletion are conditions most of us who work with youth grapple with. We often “push through” our feelings, ending up more anxious, depressed, or unable to manage our job pressures. In this intensive, we will impart a set of mindfulness-based practices to manage stress and create more wellbeing in your life. We’ll map out our specific sources of stress and coping mechanisms and practice mindfulness meditation, somatic, and emotional intelligence exercises. You will leave with a “toolkit” you can implement immediately in your daily life and work. Come ready to practice and participate.

Conference will focus on foster care

“Rising Above The Odds Against Me” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Oakland University. Organizers expect more than 200 young people between the ages of 14 and 20, who have experience in the foster care or juvenile justice systems, to attend.

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
Bayview Connect

Bayview Connect, Friday, June 11, 2010, 10AM – 3PM
This year HEY has partnered with the renowned Project Homeless Connect to provide a special resource fair – Bayview Connect – intended to connect the many youth and families in the Bayview who are, or ever have been, involved with foster care with community based resources. This event is in honor of National Foster Care Month and the many youth and families who are, or ever have been, involved with foster care.

Local, State, and Federal Policy Updates
New Funding Opportunity for Programs Serving Youth and Young Adults

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has released a solicitation for applications for competitive grants to help young adult offenders and high school dropouts in high-poverty, high-crime communities prepare for the workforce. All core elements of Transitional Jobs programs may be supported using these funds.

Volunteer program steps in where budget cuts created a void

Volunteer program steps in where budget cuts created a void.

Lincoln, Kennedy Introduce Bill for Child Welfare Workforce Study

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) introduced the Child Welfare Workforce Study Act (S. 3328/H.R. 5246).

Chafee Grant's broken promises

The California Chafee Grant program is a vital lifeline for foster children who are aging out of the system and want to pursue technical or higher education. The program, which is federally funded, offers former foster youth up to $5,000 per school year. For these young people, the grants may offer their only chance to continue their education.

HEY Foster Care Library
Former foster kid overcame odds, with help from many friends, to earn law degree

(Article sent to HEY for inclusion by Yali Lincroft, HEY Program Committee Member and Policy  Consultant)

Former foster kid overcame odds, with help from many friends, to earn law degree
By Donna St. George,  Washington Post Staff Writer

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