New Mexico Celebrates First-Ever Tax Credit for Hiring Foster Youth

Micaela Baca never expected she would play a role in passing a state law. She aged out of foster care in New Mexico at age 18, and wanted to get involved in local advocacy for other kids and youth in foster care.

SOURCE: AP/Rich Pedroncelli


Calculating the Hidden Cost of Interrupting a Career for Child Care

From a Center for American Progress press release, June 21, 2016:  The child care affordability crisis in the United States can be summed up in two sentences. Sixty-five percent of children younger than age 5 have all co-habiting parents in the workforce. 


Ready to Work: L.A.’s Systems-Involved Youth Build Careers

During a recent St. Anne’s meeting for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Los Angeles, seven students learned the difference between a resume and a cover letter. It is a particularly important distinction for these young women, all between the ages of 15 and 18, who are trying to juggle parenting and high school with their eventual careers.

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Obama’s New Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Proposals for 2016

Last week, we published our annual chart of youth-related spending in the president’s budget, which subscribers can access here. Youth Services Insider wanted to follow up with some notes on ideas expressed in this budget that President Obama had not previously proposed.


Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts, #3: Internship Programs for Aging Out Teens

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who completed Congressional internships.


Federal Agencies Seek Input on Employment Services for Youths

The Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services are looking to consolidate or at least integrate funding for “career pathways,” particularly for low-income and drop-out youths. According to a blog on the Department of Education website, the request for information (RFI) is the first attempt to assess “the benefits of and challenges to aligning diverse funding streams, programs, and stakeholders around career pathway systems; and the current and potential future use of career pathways systems to help at-risk populations gain skills and access the middle class.”


    Walmart Foundation Funds College Access and Career Readiness Programs

    Walmart Foundation Bentonville, Arkansas The Walmart Foundation has recently announced grants totaling $1.75 million to create more higher education and career opportunities for young black males. Grant recipients include the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Urban League (NUL).