Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility
This week, the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership released a summary of their recent research and analysis efforts, entitled “Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility.” The first two sections of the report begin with two statistics on California youth: first, “there were 496,972 reports of [child] neglect and abuse in 2014, with 81,391 substantiated,” and second, “there were 101,531 young people referred to juvenile probation in 2014.”
California, New York Bet on Foster Youth to Succeed in College
During a packed conference luncheon in Los Angeles on Tuesday, California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris accepted an award from a consortium of foundations, advocacy groups and college-based service centers for foster youth.
New Data on Barriers Faced by Calif. Foster Youth in College
A new report from the California College Pathways hopes to use data to better illustrate some of the barriers in higher education faced by foster youth. The goal of this analysis is to spur policies, programs and practices that would help more youth achieve success in college.
Education Equals Partnership 2015 Progress Report
Building on a decade of work at the intersection of child welfare and education, the Stuart Foundation launched the Education Equals Partnership in 2012.The Partnership is dedicated to improving educational experiences and outcomes for students from foster care, starting with preschool and extending through college.
UC Davis Program Offers Unique Support to Former Foster Youth
By Anna Maier The first time Alyssa Heckmann applied to law school, she experienced a series of wait lists and rejections. “I was so heartbroken, I took it personally,” Heckmann said.
The Foster Youth Museum: Curating Loss and Transformation
The Foster Youth Museum, eight years in the making, had a resoundingly successful gallery show at Warehouse 416 in Oakland last month. Over two thousand people visited the exhibit, “Lost Childhoods,” a curated collection of art and artifacts donated by former foster youth that, in the words of museum co-director Jamie Lee Evans, are “the stories no one else will tell.”
Teri Kook Leaves the Stuart Foundation, but not the Field
Last night, a tight-knit group of child welfare professionals gathered to bid Teri Kook goodbye. During her 12 years at the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation, where she most recently served as the senior director of child welfare, Teri built a reputation as one of the country’s most imaginative thinkers on how to improve educational outcomes for foster youth, and helped lead the foundation to national prominence on child welfare issues writ large.
Profiles in Foster Courage: Dr. Claire Pomeroy
By Lin Weaver This is the first in a series of radio interviews dedicated to extraordinary individuals whose early life was spent in foster care. Years in foster care taught Dr.
Leadership Training Benefits Foster Youth, According to SUNY-Albany Study
Foster youth benefit from youth-led advocacy and leadership programs, according to initial findings from a study released in November, 2013. “A Multi-state Evaluation of Positive Youth Development” found that youth-led advocacy had a significant impact on foster youths’ sense of identity and community.
National Effort to Promote College Success of Foster Youth Born in California
Helping foster youth succeed in higher education was the focus of the 2013 Blueprint Conference held in Los Angeles over two days in October. The John Burton Foundation, which manages the California College Pathways Initiative, produced the sold-out event that brought professionals from 15 states to learn, share and find solutions.