California Will Roll Out a New Jobs Plan for System-Involved Youth

Under a plan approved by the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this month, California counties will be able to provide more job-training and career-readiness services to current and former foster youth — a group that has long struggled with high rates of unemployment.


L.A. County Offers Struggling Youth First Work Experience as Economy Gears Back Up

L.A. County's [email protected] program provides vulnerable youth ages 14 to 24 with their first paid work experience as the economy re-opens.

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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.


Blaming the Workforce is Easy and Useless. Bettering It Is Hard and Transformative.

Early in my career, a supervisor told me that the dirty little secret in child welfare was that the system tends to reward those who persevere in their jobs by pushing them further away from kids and families.


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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‘Year Up’ Sets The Standard on Workforce Development

A gold standard study has found Year Up to have perhaps the strongest evidence to date in connecting youth and young adults to the workforce, perhaps setting the stage for increased investment in the model around the country. 


COVID-19 Outbreak Snaps Bond with Welding Student’s Future – For Now

After a childhood spent in foster care and stints in the juvenile justice system and on the streets, the pandemic has taken Farias from the final stages of a promising career path to a shift job in a convenience store, bringing back memories of uncertainty and trauma.


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. 


Underprepared Staff Are Doing the Most Difficult Work in Child Welfare

Direct care staff who work with youth are our most immediate front line of support for youth who require additional adult intervention in school-based and residential environments. However, through no fault of their own, these individuals are on average the most undertrained, undersupervised, underpaid and seemingly undervalued paid professionals our youth come in contact with.