Projects

John Burton Advocates for Youth works on behalf of current and former foster youth and homeless youth in three issue areas: education, housing and health. Much of this work is conducted through projects led by the organization, or that we collaborate with our partners on.

EDUCATION

  • California College Pathways Project

    John Burton Advocates for Youth helps foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers by engaging post-secondary education institutions to work together, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support foster youth in higher education.

  • California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge

    John Burton Advocates for Youth assists counties to ensure that foster youth have access to the financial aid they need for college through the provision of technical assistance, promotional materials, student incentives, support for tracking Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, and other resources. Project partners include the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office.

  • Foster Youth College Advancement Project

    John Burton Advocates for Youth leads the Foster Youth College Advancement Project (FYCAP), an initiative within the L.A. Opportunity Youth Collaborative, in partnership with UNITE-LA. FYCAP seeks to increase post-secondary attainment for foster youth in LA County by leveraging a robust network of stakeholders to develop collaborative strategies and systems improvements.

  • Burton Book Fund

    Since 2013, John Burton Advocates for Youth has provided $1.75 million in text books to 6,602 current and former foster youth who attend college on 98 campuses in California through our Burton Book Fund.

HOUSING

  • Beyond the Safety Net

    Beyond the Safety Net is a two-year initiative led by John Burton Advocates for Youth with the goal of transforming housing providers serving current and former foster and probation youth and homeless youth, into college success programs. JBAY provides technical assistance; training; opportunities for peer learning and collaboration with the post-secondary education sector; practice tools tailored to meet the needs of programs serving current and former transition-aged homeless youth; and access to an exciting new evidence-based technological tool, Persistence Plus.

  • THP-Plus Statewide Implementation Project

    John Burton Advocates for Youth works to reduce homelessness among current and former foster youth in California through training, technical assistance, and advocacy to improve access to two vital programs: THP+FC, which provides supportive housing to youth age 18 to 21 who are in foster care; and THP-Plus, which provides 24 months of supportive housing to former foster youth, age 18 to 24.

  • California Fostering Connections Project

    John Burton Advocates for Youth successfully advocated for the passage of Assembly Bill 12 (AB12), which expanded foster care from age 18 to age 21 in 2010. Since then, JBAY has sponsored additional legislation to improve and expand access to the program. JBAY continues to ensure that extended foster care remains implemented as intended through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance.

HEALTH

  • Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project

    John Burton Advocates for Youth partners with a number of organizations on a collective impact campaign led by National Center for Youth Law to promote evidence-informed strategies that reduce unintended pregnancies and remove institutional barriers to sexual and reproductive health education and services. The goal of the project is to dramatically reduce unintended pregnancy rates for youth in foster care in Los Angeles County over the next ten years. JBAY’s work on this project includes policy advocacy for systems change at the state level, and increasing access to sexual health education at the local level.

  • Step Up Coalition

    John Burton Advocates for Youth is a member of the Step Up Coalition and is co-sponsoring legislation to ensure that California’s child welfare system is child-centered and responsive to the needs and circumstances of the families stepping up to care for children in foster care.