This Cafe Chain is on a Mission to Give Foster Youth Jobs


This Cafe Chain is on a Mission to Give Foster Youth Jobs — and to ‘Normalize Kindness’

The growing La La Land Kind Cafe chain provides former foster youth with a specially tailored eight-week internship to launch their career paths.

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Tax Incentive to Hire Foster Youth Back in Congress

Los Angeles foster youth receive tips on how to get a job at a recent training. Photo: Astor Morgan
A pared-down version of a tax incentive to hire current or former foster youth is now part of a bigger youth employment bill introduced by Illinois Democrats this month. 

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Biden Taps Elizabeth Watson As Chief Labor Liaison

Elizabeth Watson, who has a lengthy history in youth and family policy and income inequality, has been nominated to be the Biden administration’s point person to Congress and the states on labor issues.


States Jump on New Chance to Target Most-Vulnerable Youth for Job Training

As the pandemic continues to hobble a devastated economy, two Western states are working to make sure that federal funds available for helping young people get jobs reach those who have grown up in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.


A New Study Highlights Promising Jobs Programs for Foster Youth

Trainer Casswell Goodman uses humor to engage foster youth at a iFoster class at Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2018. Photo by Astor Morgan
One of the nation’s most promising programs linking current and former foster youth with employment started its work in a Placer County supermarket.

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Bill Would Create One Million New Apprenticeships

Known as “earn-and-learn” programs, apprenticeships could be a good way for foster youth to start careers in construction and other trades.
With lawmakers from both parties eager to help get idled Americans back to work, a bipartisan group has unveiled a bill that would put up almost $3.5 billion to create nearly 1 million new internships over the next five years, many of them for young people.


    New York City Releases Long-Delayed Plan to Help Youth, Young Adults

    Youth and young adults who are having a rough time overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are targeted for help under a set of long-awaited initiatives announced this week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 


    L.A. Leaders Look to Save Job Training Program for Foster and Homeless Youth

    As coronavirus cases surge and the reopening of the economy gets rolled back, Los Angeles County leaders are searching for funds to protect a job training program aimed at helping vulnerable teens and young adults get crucial work experience. 


    Chapin Hall: Program for Foster Youth Transitioning Out Shows Promise

    A Northern California county has developed a potentially promising model for helping older foster youth learn skills critical to making a successful transition to adulthood and avoiding homelessness, according to a new assessment by a leading child-welfare research organization.