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November 25, 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
MY NEW RED SHOES HIRING: CLOTHING FOR CONFIDENCE PROGRAM MANAGER

My New Red Shoes Hiring: CLOTHING FOR CONFIDENCE PROGRAM MANAGER. The Clothing for Confidence Director works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate and execute My New Red Shoes’ shoe and gift card distribution program.
This is a part-time position (25-30 hours per week TBD, with additional hours required during summer months) located in Burlingame.
This position is considered exempt under the applicable state and federal laws. Please send resumes to [email protected]

SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL ALLIANCE - San Francisco Beacon Initiative: Hiring Associate Director

The San Francisco School Alliance (SFSA) seeks to hire an Associate Director to help lead the San Francisco Beacon Initiative. This is a full-time job with a salary range in the mid-60,000’s DOE, plus benefits. The San Francisco Beacon Initiative includes eight Beacon Community Hubs and seventeen Beacon Satellites housed in public schools across the city that serve, children, youth, adults, and families.
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by November 17, 2009.

Year Up Hiring IT Instructor

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24 with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, and a paid corporate internship.

The IT Instructor role is a year-round, full-time position that incorporates teaching, curriculum development, advising, group facilitation, and committee work. The instructor will teach Introduction to Computer Applications and Computer & Network Support I & II from an existing but evolving curriculum. Emphasis in the classroom is on the students learning from each other and through their own curiosity, not just from the teacher.

Family Participation Fund offers up to $1000/year to families that attend meetings about their chil's education

What is the Family Participation Fund?

The Family Participation Fund, administered by the California Association of Family Empowerment Centers (CAFEC) offers financial reimbursements up to $1000 per family per year for attendance at decision-making meetings regarding your child’s education.

Reimbursement is given on a meeting-by-meeting basis, with stipends of $50 available for half-day meetings (four hours or less), and $100 stipend payments available for full day meetings (over four hours). Stipend amounts for meetings lasting more than one day are calculated according to the length of the meeting. For example, attendance at a meeting lasting 2.5 days could earn $250.

How do I get more information?

Call CAFEC: (916) 325-1690 X306, or
Visit CAFEC on the web
Frequently Asked Questions

You are invited to an Open House for Year Up San Francisco Bay Area

Wednesday, November 18th at 2:30pm, 210 Spear Street, San Francisco

Year Up provides free and paid training to young adults who want to reach their potential. Year Up is an eleven month program. Students can earn 13 City College credits and certification in Tech Support, a weekly stipend and a corporate internship. Our local Corporate Partners include Wells Fargo Bank, Kaiser Permanente and Salesforce.com.

Classes begin March 9, 2010. Deadline to apply is February 5th, 2010.

Since the program started in 2000, 80% of Year Up graduates across all sites work in professional positions earning about $34,000/year within four months of completing the program.

Please join us at our upcoming Year Up San Francisco Bay Area Open House at 210 Spear Street at Howard (near Embarcadero Muni/BART and the Transbay Terminal) in San Francisco.

Upcoming Events
December 1 Youth Worker Exchange: Borders

Youth Worker Exchanges are free, monthly resource exchanges for youth workers where we expore topics directly impacting our professional + personal lives. We create a space of peer exchange following a methodology largely based on the art of inquiry. We meet within a different youth work site around San Francisco each month.

54th Annual Green Room Party for San Francisc's Neglected, Abused, and Forgotten Youth

On December 5th, come and join the most anticipated holiday event of the season and raise funds for San Francisco children in need. MAX and City Youth Now invite you to the 54th Annual Green Room Party, benefiting San Francisco’s neglected, abused, and forgotten youth over the holidays!

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 7:00pm-Midnight
VIP Reception 6:15pm-7:00pm
The Green Room
War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

Public Information Session on the Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee

The Workforce Development Division of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development will conduct an information session to update the public on the appointment of the Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee and upcoming funding opportunities. This meeting will be held:

Tuesday, December 1st, 10:30am to 12:00pm, Auditorium – City College District Offices, 33 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Please find attached the public meeting notice and the agenda. For additional information and meeting materials please visit http://www.oewd.org/WISF-Board.aspx.

Youth Film Festival: Voices of the Next Generation

Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 6 pm-12 am, at the Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th street (@ Valencia), San Francisco, Ca

Youth Making A Change (Y-MAC), the youth arm of Coleman Advocates will be organizing a Youth Film Festival titled Voices of the Next Generation in San Francisco, California to showcase the next generation of youth film directors, producers, artists, organizers and movements. Next Generation will highlight YMAC’s first film, Voices of the Next Generation, a documentary about Coleman’s campaign to create a college and career culture in San Francisco while fighting to protect children and family services in San Francisco and win affordable housing. In addition, films that document the struggles, movements, and victories of youth from across the Nation and the hottest youth artists will be brought together for a day that will definitely go down in history. The goal of this film festival is to not just showcase our beauty as the next generation, but to preserve our stories, our movements in our words!

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'
HEY Guide: Youth Empowerment Model A Step-By-Step Guide to Empower Youth Leaders

HEY’s Guide: Youth Empowerment Model was designed to support agencies and staff interested in engaging and empowering young people as they transition into leadership and healthy adulthood. The practices, strategies and tools presented in this step-by-step guide will provide a framework to support the growth and empowerment of your agencies youth and staff.

How Does it Work?

Works by using three core components of positive youth development. Each component was developed to work simultaneously to ensure that youth receive multiple layers of support to meet a series of needs, similar to those presented by Maslow in his Hierarchy of Needs.
Each component introduces practices and strategies that will assist to develop an environment and culture that is supportive of the youth empowerment process.
The youth empowerment process is facilitated through the development and support of youth boards.
Youth boards provide the natural structure to supply youth with opportunities to develop the skills and abilities that will support their transition into leadership and healthy adulthood.

HEY Technology Update - How to follow heysf.org using the HEY Newsletter and RSS Feeds

For instance, we have a great newsletter that comes out every other week and is a compilation of the latest articles on our site. You can sign up for our newsletter on the right hand sign of any page in our site. But there’s other ways to follow us too. One tool we are using is RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and basically it’s a super easy way to see the newest articles we post on our site, without having to actually go to our site and look for them. If you’re not really comfortable with the internet, it may be a bit challenging to set this up, but actually it’s pretty easy and becomes addictive! RSS is a fantastic way to create your own unique and personalized channel with all the articles you want to read sent directly to you.

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Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB) Update
A Message from EYAB - San Francisco State's Press Conference

There are skills that once you learn stay with you forever. When I started working for HEY I felt that I was a good speaker, but I did need more guidance and experience to get better. HEY has helped me become a better speaker because they have taught me ways to become a more confident speaker and have challenged me to practice the new skills I had learned. At first when HEY told me that the EYAB would be talking in the breakfast I was terrified because I had never talked to such a big audience. I was scared that I would do a mistake and make a fool of myself and HEY. My team helped me control my fear by letting me practice what I was going to say and gave me advice on how I could make my speech better. Having my team there to support me gave me the confidence that I could do it and that it would be fine. After the event they told me how well I had done, they said after you get more experience you will get better. Besides going to trainings that HEY gave my team on speaking or doing trainings, the moral support that my HEY team provides helps me believe in myself.

             The wonderful thing is that these skills have not only helped me at HEY, but also in my personal life.  A great example was the press conference in San Francisco State where I was the MC. My friend is running for student at large in our student government and wanted me to MC and introduces him to the press. At first I was confused why out all of his friends he picked me. After asking him he said because he knew how a great speaker I was. He mentioned that he had seen me be a speaker for HEY and that people had told him how good I have done in the breakfast and in the ILSP graduation. Because of HEY I have been able to not only grow as a person, but also I am seen as a great speaker, which makes me more confident.

 Although I was nervous because I was not expecting my friend to pick me to be his MC, I accepted because I felt that I could do it. I used all the trainings and skills I had learned from HEY to be able to make this another successful story. When I was introducing my friend I got a bit nervous and blackout, but I remembered that one of my team members at HEY told me that people do not mind your nervous, actually is a good thing because then you remind them that you are a human being. I pulled myself back together and told the audience that I was nervous and everyone laughed with me and continued paying attention to me and helped me give a big round applause to my friend. The fact that I have done speeches before and I was successful gave me the security that I could do this event and that it was okay to be nervous once in a while.  Without HEY I probably would have gotten stuck in the speech and would have given up because I was not sure how to react. I am still working in getting better at public speaking, but I know that as long I have friends like HEY by my side I will get better.

Beyond Marriage: Recognizing Alternative Family Relationships

On Thursday October 29th I attended a forum entitled Beyond Marriage: Recognizing Alternative Family Relationships presented by the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Committee. The event consisted of 4 panelists who worked in the field of advocating for alternative family rights. They included Judy Appeal, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition, Samer Danfoura, Attorney, Cathy Sakimura, Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Melanie Rowen, Staff Attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The forum was a place where the public and panelists could engage in a discussion on how to recognize alternative kinship structures among people who are not related by blood or legal adoption. Within that there was a specific focus on including the experience of emancipated youth, seniors, those estranged from their legally recognized families and members of the LGBT community. I was asked to attend on behalf of HEY to lend to the discussion my experience of being an emancipated foster youth and how this in itself was a type of alternative family, and how many foster youth are in families where they have chosen the kinship or the family is created without any blood relationship. The discussion talked about a variety of issues ranging from benefits of alternative families to obstacles like visiting someone in the hospital or being recognized in a will or legal proceeding. There were three key questions asked to the panelists and audience to facilitate discussion. The three questions were 1.) What kinds of non-spousal alternative families exist? 2.) What obstacles or legal hurdles exist for these relationships and 3.) What can be done to support alternative families through legal and other means? These questions really helped us explore what it means to be in an alternative family and kept the conversation informative and engaging. I walked away with a better appreciation for alternative families and a way to help all foster youth who feel that they don’t have a family or belong to a family give voice to the many meaningful relationships they create themselves, and how that itself is a family!

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
City Budget: Doom and Gloom

City Budget: Doom and Gloom

This past Monday, City Controller Ben Rosenfield released the first quarter revenue report for this fiscal year, showing that San Francisco is facing a current year deficit of $53.1 million due to declining local revenues and shifts in departmental revenues and spending. That current deficit includes $8 million in pending appropriations to avoid hundreds of layoffs to frontline public school and health workers. There is $25 million in the General Fund Reserve, which would bring down the current year deficit to $28.1 million. Mayor Newsom’s reduction plan to address the deficit is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks—rumors are that he has instructed specific departments to submit cuts. And because property tax revenues are significant down, that impacts the Children’s Fund and other set-aside that are based on property tax revenues, although actual numbers are not yet available.

This past Thursday, the Mayor spoke to city department heads with initial instructions for next fiscal year budget planning. Mayor Newsom’s budget office is projecting a deficit of $522 million for next fiscal year; last year at this time, his office projected a deficit of $575 million (for this fiscal year) but this time around, the City has a lot less options. The federal stimulus dollars that backfilled a significant amount of general fund reductions are only available for the first half of next fiscal year, and the Rainy Day Fund is much smaller now after the current year’s allocations.

Mayor Newsom’s instructions to city departments (his formal instructions will come out in the next few weeks) are to cut 30% of their general fund budgets, which includes 10% ‘contingency’ reductions. Last year the Mayor instructed city departments to cut 25% of their general fund budgets (including 12.5% ‘contingency’ cuts).

The framing we often hear from City Hall in years like this (which is worse than most of us have ever seen) is that, “There’s no money.” We hear that we’re out of choices, that services for poor people, children, seniors, homeless, and people of color will be devastated because there are no other options. But what we know is that the city budget is all about choices and priorities. Mayor Gavin Newsom was quoted in the SF Examiner, implying that the budgets of the police and fire departments are likely to grow while critical services are cut and SF workers are laid off (http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Swelling-deficit-points-to-layoffs-70598977.html). If there was no money, how could that be possible? Of course local revenues are declining and the city budget picture is dismal—but we can’t forget that our politicians make choices about priorities with every dollar they allocate, and the City’s children and families must remain a priority in San Francisco.

For more information about Coleman’s budget work, please contact Chelsea at (415) 239-0161 x19 or [email protected].

The Foster Youth Movement is becoming more visible!

HEY was pleased to find an article written by Revolutionary Hip-Hop Report & Reporters in California’s Central Valley about foster youth political mobilization.

Their blog entry about the California Youth Connection (CYC) and their actions taken to oppose budget cuts was included in their blog. It’s refreshing to see that music communities and other groups are supportive of foster youth!

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial - University of California Fee Hikes Affect Social Workers and Foster Youth

UC fee raises go beyond reason University of California regents are about to consider raising – or, in some cases, initiating – surcharges on certain graduate programs. This plan, while inevitable in the face of shrinking
state support, is regrettable in many ways for Californians: The notion that admission to a topflight public university was a relative bargain here. In-state graduate students now pay a baseline fee of about $10,000, with higher fees on certain professional schools. Those professional fees are about to go up dramatically next fall, if the regents approve these surcharges. However, one of the increases stands out as particularly onerous – and counter to the state’s interest – because of the absence of any linkage
with the economic value of the degree: Initiation of a professional fee (of $4,000) for the social welfare program. This surcharge could deter talented students from going into social work at a time when California has been making strides in reforming its foster care system – and a blue-ribbon commission headed by Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno identified reduction of social-worker caseloads as a priority.

Senate Health Reform Bill Released: Some Clauses will affect former foster youth

[from Children's Monitor Online: Child Welfare League of America 11/23/09]

Late last Wednesday night, Senate Democratic leadership revealed its merged comprehensive health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The release came after receiving a long-awaited cost estimate and accompanying figures from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO estimates that the bill–which will reduce the number of uninsured eligible individuals by 31 million–will cost $849 billion over ten years and would reduce the deficit by $127 billion over 10 years. That price tag is well below President Barack Obama’s cap of $900 billion.

Home visiting support is included in the Senate bill. Unfortunately, the therapeutic foster care provision included in the House health reform bill (H.R. 3962) and in the Senate Finance Committee bill was dropped, but efforts are being made to re-insert it. The merged Senate bill does include several provisions that would help vulnerable children and youth though, including providing Medicaid coverage for youth formerly in foster care for six months or longer who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid up to the age of 25. This provision would take effect January 1, 2019.

The issue now becomes whether the Senate has the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the bill and to ultimately pass it. At least three fairly moderate Democrats have raised serious questions and issues of contention with the bill. At press time, the Senate was expected to vote on the motion to proceed with the bill this past Saturday, which would begin the actual debate on the bill.

New Reports in the HEY Foster Care Library
Participatory Case Planning in Child Welfare Services: A Resource Guide

Participatory Case Planning in Child Welfare Services: A Resource Guide

This resource guide from the Northern California Training Academy is based on an extensive literature review of participatory case planning with families in the child welfare system. The goal of the guide is to use the elements of participatory case planning shown in research along with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of the process and to provide strategies to increase the usefulness and value of these elements.

http://humanservices.ucdavis.edu/Academy/pdf/FINAL2PCPVersion.pdf

Bring State-of-the-Art Mental Health Practices to Your Agency

New resources provide mental health guidelines for child welfare professionals

The Resource for Advancing Children’s Health (REACH) Institute – in collaboration with Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation-has developed new resources to help improve how child welfare agencies address the mental health of children.

Training programs
REACH is now offering science-based training programs delivered by experts in the child welfare and mental health fields. The programs include:
• Mental health screening and assessment
• Evidence-based psychotherapies
• Youth empowerment (Taking Control)
• Parent Engagement and Self Advocacy (PESA)
These programs help practitioners reduce inappropriate use of multiple medications, decrease failed placements, improve the likelihood of family reunification and improve risk management.

Mental Health Practices Toolkit
REACH – along with Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation – has also developed a new Mental Health Practices in Child Welfare Guidelines Toolkit. It covers:
• Screening and assessment
• Interventions
• Medication
• Parent support
• Youth empowerment
This toolkit provides suggestions and resources for putting the guidelines into action in child welfare agencies.

Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape The Social Sector

This new report that looks at trends the authors believe will reshape the nonprofit sector. Their assertion: “The nonprofit sector is at an inflection point that will fundamentally reshape it long after the recession, when surviving nonprofits find themselves in a new reality — not just economically, but demographically, technologically and socially.”

The trends examined in Convergence are:

Demographic shifts that redefine participation
Abundant technological advances
Networks that enable work to be organized in new ways
Rising interest in civic engagement and volunteerism
Blurring sectoral boundaries

Just Released: Policy Report on Homeless Youth in California

The John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes and the California Coalition for Youth are pleased to announce the release of the policy report, Too Big to Ignore: Youth Homelessness in California. The report outlines a policy agenda focused on drastically reducing homelessness among youth ages 16 to 24 in three years. The agenda includes recommended policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels. To download the report, click here. To request a hard copy of the report, e-mail [email protected]

The report is also the first step in a two-year effort launched on October 1st, the Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project. The Project seeks to reduce youth homelessness through advocacy, organizing, and capacity building. Additional information about the Project will be issued next week.

For additional information about the report, please contact Michele Byrnes at [email protected] or Heather Dearing at [email protected]

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