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September 28, 2010

Since our merger with Transitional Age Youth San Francisco (TAYSF), all of us on the team at Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY) are excited to transition the much lauded HEY e-Newsletter to a newly created TAYSF e-Newsletter!

Like the HEY e-Newsletter, the new TAYSF e-Newsletter, will be a biweekly update containing links to articles, reports, and information of interest to supporters of transitional age youth, including current and former foster youth, juvenile justice youth, parenting, youth, and more.

Click on the title of the article to read the full text at

In This Issue

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Internships and Jobs
Deadline Extended for TAYSF Young Adult Advisory

[From TAY-SF, June 14, 2010]
Be a part of making meaningful changes for San Francisco’s Transitioning Aged Youth Population!
Transitional Age Youth Initiative is NOW HIRING Young Adults to be apart of our monthly Young Adult Advisory. The Young Adult Advisory is a a group of 18-25 year old youth workers who are working in the community as service providers AND/OR Advocates! This is a space for gathering information, providing trainings and resources and impacting policy and budgetary recommendations.

For further questions, please contact Allison Cohen: [email protected].

New Mentorship Program Seeks Program Coordinator

strive for____, an early stage non-profit mentorship program dedicated to ensuring foster youth receive high quality mentorship, is seeking a part-time Program Coordinator to manage its San Francisco pilot project. Applications due by October 15, 2010, processed on a rolling basis. Click on the link to learn more

San Mateo Transitional Age Youth Service Seeks Program Manager

[From Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, September 16, 2010]
Youth and Family Enrichment Services
, located in San Mateo County, is currently seeking a Program Manager of Youth Transitional Services to work with a diverse population of former foster youth, coordinating case management and supportive services in their strength-based transitional living programs, including Transitional Housing Placement – Plus programs.
Click here to learn more.

Foster a Dream Seeks Executive Director

[From Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, September 16, 2010]

Foster a Dream Seeks Executive Director

Foster a Dream, located in Martinez, is currently seeking an Executive Director. The mission of Foster a Dream is to provide programs and resources that build the hopes, dreams and futures of Bay Area foster children; and be a guiding source for successful transition into the adult world.
Click here
to learn more.

Upcoming Events
HEY and Transitional Age Youth SF Launch Party!

Dear HEY and TAY supporters,

You are invited to Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY) and Transitional Age Youth SF (TAYSF)’s Launch Party – also affectionately referred to as our “Goodbye and Hello Happy Hour”!
When:Wednesday, September 29th at 5:30pm
Where: Pied Piper Bar/Maxfield’s, Palace Hotel, Market at New Montgomery,
San Francisco

At the event you will:
- get a chance to visit with our outgoing staff as well as meet the new members of the merged HEY and TAY Team!
- learn about HEY and TAY’s collaborative mission and new joint work
- catch a first glimpse at our newly merged website
- enjoy complimentary food (drinks will also be availalbe at the cash bar)

Our party will be Wednesday, September 29th at 5:30pm, at Maxfield’s, in the Palace Hotel. Easily accessible via MUNI, the location is on the corner of Market Street and New Montgomery. Enter the Pied Piper Bar and make your way to the room in the back.

We look forward to seeing you on the 29th! Please feel free to pass this invitation along! Click here for event flyer. Click here to RSVP today.

Sara Razavi and Rachel Antrobus

Project Homeless Connect in Golden Gate Park (Sept 29th)

[From Project Homeless Connect, September 23, 2010]

Project Homeless Connect Goes to Golden Gate park

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10am-3pm
Where:Lawn Bowling parking lot and Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park

This year, Project Homeless Connect will return again for our second “Golden Gate Park Connect.” Project Homeless Connect has partnered with the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, the Homeless Youth Alliance, Larkin Street, Huckleberry House and many other organizations to provide services such as medical, dental, HIV testing, legal services, Healthy San Francisco and much more.

Attend Webinar on Mental Health Outcomes for Foster Youth (Oct 12th)

[From, CA Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, September 21, 2010]
Tuesday, October 12th
• Improving the mental health status of children in foster care
• Integrating mental health status with all other services to maximize outcomes
• Seeking out mental health services and addressing barriers that children and
youth in foster care experience across all life domains
• Creating a framework that supports everyone involved with a child or

Facilitated by Dr. Greg Manning. Please email mia Stizzo at [email protected] with any questions, or to be added to our distribution list

Attend Seminar on "The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Lessons for Policy and Practice" (Oct 15th)

The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Lessons for Policy and Practice

When: Friday, October 15, 2010, 11:30am-1:30pm Lunch will be provided.
Where: UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K Street, Conference Room

As California faces growing numbers of districts identified for improvement with shrinking resources to support them, policymakers are eager to identify effective alternatives to the usual external assistance models, given their uneven results.

In addition, the state and other districts are interested in learning more about the ways districts are leveraging their resources in this difficult state budget climate and the one-time influx of federal dollars. Since 2008, Fresno and Long Beach Unified School Districts have been engaged in a formal district partnership designed to help the districts achieve a common a set of goals. With the generous support of the Hewlett and Stuart Foundations, the American Institutes for Research, in collaboration with Pivot Learning Partners, has been documenting the districts’ work together.

Sandra Morales or (916) 669-5425. More information on upcoming PACE seminars can be found at

Check Out the Campus at UC Santa Cruz (Oct 16th and 23rd)

[From UCSC Office of Undergraduate Admission, September 2010]

When: Sunday, October 16, 2010 & Saturday, October 23
Where: UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Prospective students and families, come join us on the beautiful UCSC campus for Preview Days, our annual guided visit experience.

Find out about: academic experiences, campus and student life, and admissions selection criteria.

For more information and online reservations (required), please see

Questions? Disability-related
accommodations needed?
Contact: (831) 459-2352
[email protected]

This newsletter is solely for informational purposes; the legislative information and articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Transitional Age Youth (TAYSF).

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

Honoring Emancipated Youth and Transitional Age Youth Merger
Update About HEY's Executive Director

Dear friends,

Earlier this July, I informed you of HEY’s merger with our long time partner, the Transitional Age Youth Initiative (TAYSF). As a result, on October 1, 2010, I will step down as HEY’s Executive Director, and Rachel Antrobus, TAYSF Director and my friend and colleague, will assume many of my responsibilities.Read more.

Policy Actions
Two Days Until Deadline for AB 12!

[From Amy Lemley, John Burton Foundation, Sept 27, 10']

This Thursday at midnight is the deadline by which the Governor must decide the fate of AB 12.

Don’t let this moment pass and look back on it, wishing you had done something. You can do something by sending a letter RIGHT NOW, before you leave work TODAY. It won’t take more than 10 minutes and you can fax it to him- you don’t even need an envelope.

You can download a sample letter to customize by clicking HERE. The letter is in the right-hand column.

AB 12 is an historic opportunity for California to improve outcomes for older youth in foster care and access newly federal funding for our subsidized guardianship program for relatives. Help the Governor understand the importance of this opportunity by sharing your point of view in a letter and urging him to sign AB 12.

Please email me at [email protected] to confirm that you have sent a letter. Thank you.

Local, State, and Federal Policy Updates
San Francisco to Receive Competitive $3 Million Grant To Improve College Graduation Rates

[From Mayor's Office of Communication, Sept 27, 10']

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that San Francisco is
one of four U.S. cities awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities to fund innovative proposals to boost college completion rates. The grants are part of the Communities Learning in Partnership initiative, which is led by the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families.

The City and County of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will receive $3 million over the next three years to align expectations between high school and college, strengthen data systems, and coordinate student services. Last year, the City, CCSF, and SFUSD created the “Bridge to Success”
partnership that brought together the Mayor’s Office, SFUSD and CCSF leaders to devise new ways of helping more students successfully complete an education beyond high school. Implementing those steps and achieving those benchmarks will be the focus of the grant-funded effort.

Federal Jobs Program that Subsidized San Francisco's JOBS NOW! to Expire September 30

[From Liz Schott, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 16, 2010]

An emergency jobs program through which 37 states have provided subsidized jobs for nearly 250,000 otherwise unemployed parents and youth — helping families, businesses, and communities across America weather the recession — will end September 30 unless the Senate joins the House in voting to extend it.

In San Francisco, Laundry Locker is a dry cleaner with six retail stores and drop-off lockers throughout the city, enabling customers to pick up and drop off their laundry 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The combination of the recession and a major investment in a new eco-friendly dry cleaning plant put a severe squeeze on the business, but Laundry Locker was able to hire several employees through the city’s JOBS NOW! program, ultimately adding four full-time, subsidized positions.

Housing and Urban Development Releases 2010 Notice of Funding Availability

[From the John Burton Foundation, Sept 23, 2010]

HUD Releases 2010 NOFA

On September 20, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2010 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2010 Continuum of Care (CoC) competition for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. This includes the Supportive Housing Program (SHP), Shelter Plus Care and the SRO Mod Rehab program.

The NOFA can be downloaded by clicking here.

Although these funds are issued by HUD, organizations do not apply directly by HUD but rather must submit applications to their local Continuum of Care (CoC) for evaluation. Each CoC establishes its own deadline for receipt of applications and so interested organizations should contact their local CoC contact for further information.

For a list of local CoC contacts click here.

HHS Awards Millions to States for Increasing Adoptions From Foster Care

[From, September 15, 2010]

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services today awarded $39 million to 38 states and Puerto Rico for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. States use the funds from this adoption incentive award to improve their child welfare programs.

“All children deserve loving, safe and permanent homes,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “It is gratifying that most states continue to excel in promoting the adoption of children from foster care. I sincerely thank every adoptive family that has welcomed a child into their home.”

States receive $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year’s total, plus a payment of $8,000 for every child age 9 and older and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted above the respective baselines. The year 2007 is the baseline.

This year’s incentive award recipients completed more adoptions in 2009 than in the 2007 baseline year.

“America’s communities benefit when children grow up in stable families,” said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “We’re very pleased that the adoption incentives program is helping states improve their programs and place more children into homes that are theirs forever.”

Media Coverage of Transitional Age Youth Issues
AB 12 Could Boost National Movement to Help Aging-Out Youth

[From Elaine Korry, Youth Today, September 27, 2010]

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is days away from signing or vetoing legislation that would extend foster care services in California to age 21 – which could help those seeking to spread such policies in other states. With a Sept. 30 deadline looming for the governor to act on the California measure, known as AB-12, supporters on Thursday released preliminary data from an upcoming study to bolster their case.

Including Troubles in school and How it would work,

Read the Op-ed on AB 12 in Chronicle, Done by First Place for Youth Participant

[From Patricia Cortijo, San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2010]

Legislation that would extend assistance to children in foster care until their 21st birthday passed out of the Legislature last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. The only thing left is for the governor to sign AB12.

The difficulties facing children who “age out” of the foster-care system are well known, yet the recession has only magnified and intensified those challenges. The cost of education is rising and jobs for youths are scarce, making it hard on those just starting to try to make it on their own. Millions of young adults are forced to move back in with their families. For many in foster care, like me, there are no families to move back in with.

Listen to Youth Speak on the Potential Fixes for L.A.’s Foster Care System

[From Southern California Public Radio, September 24, 2010]

Governor Schwarzenegger is poised to sign a new bill into law that would extend the time foster kids could remain with their foster families — from 18 to 21 years old. Ever wonder what life is like for a youth in foster care? The first part of a series of audio segments where children in and out of the foster system in Los Angeles and the policy makers who are feverishly working to fix a broken safety net.
Listen in at:

Shortage of Foster Parents Seen as U.S. Trend

[From Marisa Kendall, USA TODAY, September 27, 2010]

States are facing shortages of foster parents, despite a nationwide decline in the number of children in need of foster care. Officials in states including California, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida report having fewer foster homes available than needed. But a study released this month by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that the number of children in foster care has dropped from 460,416 in September of 2008 to 423,773 in 2009 — and is down from about 523,000 in 2002.

In June, about 13% of the 67,253 children in California’s foster care system were living in group homes instead of preferred family environments, says Lizelda Lopez, spokeswoman for the California Department of Social Services.

National Poverty Rate for Children Increases in 2009, Census Report Says

[From U.S. Census Bureau, September 16, 2010]

The annual Census Report dubbed Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009 was released this morning. The poverty rate increased for children younger than 18 (from 19.0 percent in 2008 to 20.7 percent in 2009) and people 18 to 64 (from 11.7 percent in 2008 to 12.9 percent in 2009. There were 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, up from 39.8 million in 2008 — the third consecutive annual increase. Meanwhile, the number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009, while the percentage increased from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent over the same period.

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