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Billionaire MacKenzie Scott Supports Child Welfare, Youth Justice Organizations


Billionaire MacKenzie Scott Supports Child Welfare, Youth Justice Organizations

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott's foundation recently donated billions of dollars to over 400 organizations.

One of California's foster youth who received a free phone through iFoster's pilot program.


‘New Government Benefit’ Providing Cell Phones to California Foster Youth Made Permanent

Thousands more California foster youth between 13 and 26 will have the opportunity to receive free cell phones with online access following a Thursday vote by California’s public utility commission.

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Staff with Weis Markets, a grocery chain that donated $250,000 to iFoster.


Grocery Chain Rounds Up $250,000 to Help Foster Youth in Seven States

Weis Markets, a grocery chain that operates in the Mid-Atlantic states, presented a $250,000 check this week to the iFoster Hope campaign.

One of California's foster youth who received a free phone through iFoster's pilot program.


Free Phone Plans for California Foster Youth Likely to Become Permanent Program

The national nonprofit iFoster's free cell phone program has recently been evaluated by state officials with the Public Utilities Commission, which is recommending a $10 million ongoing investment and making the offering a permanent fixture for foster youth in California.


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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A Pop Tart Tribute to Human Rights

In late December, the nonprofit iFoster hosted its inaugural Great iFoster Bake Off, a national Zoom-hosted competition where foster youth and caregivers teamed up to decorate holiday houses made out of Pop Tarts.


Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring

In Los Angeles County, a 15-year-old girl in foster care joins an online tutoring session. Photo courtesy of iFoster.
As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide. 


As Pandemic Batters Economy, Foster Youth Bear the Brunt

Jeffrey Thomas has always used basketball as an outlet when times get tough. But nowadays when the 23-year-old Southern Californian needs to take a breather, the natural extrovert can’t meet up with his friends or family.


iFoster’s AmeriCorps Program Earns National Prize

  A new California workforce program that has offered transition-age foster youth paid service work as part of the state’s AmeriCorps program has already garnered national recognition. Last week, iFoster, the Truckee, California, nonprofit that helped develop the Transition-Age Youth (TAY) AmeriCorps program, was recognized with the “Best New AmeriCorps Program” award from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps.