Publications & Guides

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

December 2018

Core Practice Model:

The Core Practice Model was designed for housing providers participating in “Beyond the Safety Net,” a two-year initiative led by JBAY to transform housing providers into college success programs. This tool includes recommendations in eight practice areas to improve a provider’s capacity to support post-secondary educational success within a housing milieu.

Updated October 2018

Visual Guide to Assist Homeless Youth with Completing the FAFSA

The Visual Guide to Assist Homeless Youth with Completing the FAFSA provides a step-wise guide to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Unaccompanied youth who are homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless as of July 1st of the year prior to the award year, are eligible for “independent student status” on the FAFSA. This means that a student does not have to provide any parental information, including income information, and is key to ensuring homeless students are awarded need-based financial aid. This guide provides detailed instructions for completing the entire FAFSA, with special attention on how to ensure eligible homeless youth are granted independent student status.

October 2018

Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth & FAFSA Visual Guide

The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; the new student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes a step-wise guide to completing the FAFSA, tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school.

The visual guide is intended to compliment Part 3 of the Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth, “How do I Apply for Financial Aid?” found within pages 6-10, with screen shots of the actual FAFSA application and detailed instructions.

October 2018

Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide (Spanish version now avaliable)

This education planning guide is intended to help foster youth chart their course to the college that is right for their interests and career goals. It also directs youth to the support and resources available for foster youth scholars on college campuses.

October 2018

2017-18 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report

The THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report highlights the achievements and challenges of the state’s transitional housing programs in helping youth in the foster care and juvenile probation systems make a safe, supported transition to adulthood, and provides practice and policy recommendations for the future.

October 2018

California College Pathways Progress Update Report

This document provides an overview and update of the collective impact work of the California College Pathways, a public-private partnership managed by John Burton Advocates for Youth that is dedicated to creating a seamless system of support for foster youth as they transition from high school to post-secondary education.

October 2018

All County Letters and All County Information Notices Related to Extended Foster Care

This document includes every All County Letter (ACL) and All County Information Notice (ACIN) related to the Extended Foster Care Program in California released to date, and is updated regularly.

October 2018

FAQ: NMDs & CalFresh

This document answers 18 frequently asked questions about young adults participating in Extended Foster Care applying for and accessing CalFresh, California’s food stamp program.

Updated October 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, June 30, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

August 2018

Case Management Check-in Guide

This document is a “cheat sheet” for case managers working for housing programs or other community-based providers to help guide check-ins with their youth who are enrolled in college, week by week. The guide outlines pertinent topics to raise at specific times throughout the semester, moving case managers from asking “how’s school going?” to asking targeted questions at just the right time, building trust, and providing timely reminders, support and referrals to resources. It also includes a generic academic calendar to provide a general time frame for important dates throughout the year.

August 2018

Assisting Youth Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: Key Dates & Deadlines for Applying & Attending

This document is intended to provide social workers, probation officers, and others working with transition aged foster youth with information about key dates and deadlines as well as other crucial information associated with applying to and attending post-secondary education.

August 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, March 31, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

May 2018

College Assessment & Remediation Guides

California’s 114 community colleges have different policies and processes for determining course placement for new students. Noncredit remedial courses may delay graduation or transfer plans so it’s important to help ensure students aren’t taking more courses than they need. These three tools will help acquaint service providers with “what to know, what to ask” when it comes to assessment and remediation at the community colleges.

April 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, December 31, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

February 2018

1/22/18 Financial Aid Guide Webinar Q & A

On January 22nd, JBAY held a web seminar to providing step-by-step guidance on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for foster youth as well as tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure students get maximum aid awards. This document is the compiled list of Questions and Answers submitted during the web seminar.

January 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

November 2017

Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges

This report by Educational Results Partnership and John Burton Advocates for Youth regarding foster youth outcomes at California’s community colleges provides college leaders with data driven approaches to improve foster youth outcomes, and shines a light on implications for policy-makers.

October 2017

Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities

This report summarizes the results of a survey of foster youth campus support programs at California’s four-year universities, documenting and recommending institutional policies that campuses can institute to improve foster youth outcomes in the successful completion of post-secondary degrees.

September 2017

2016-17 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report

The 2016-17 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report details the status of California’s transitional housing programs for non-minor current and former foster and probation youth.

September 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, June 30, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

August 2017

Beyond the Safety Net: Preliminary Findings from a Pilot Project to Transform Housing Providers into College Success Programs

This report presents preliminary findings from a pilot project JBAY led over 2016-17 to increase the capacity of transitional housing providers to support current and former foster youth in post-secondary education.

August 2017

THP+FC and THP-Plus Program Snapshots, March 31, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

May 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, December 31, 2016

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

April 2017

Why Has Statewide Spending on Transitional Housing for Former Foster Youth Decreased, and What Can We Do About it?

This publication discusses the statewide decline in THP-Plus expenditures that has occurred since 2011 Realignment went into effect, and makes recommendations to counties for increasing their THP-Plus expenditures.

February 2017

January 2017 Survey of Burton Book Fund Recipients

In January 2017, John Burton Advocates for Youth conducted a survey of the 1,050 students who participated in the Burton Book Fund in the 2016-17 academic year.  The survey was sent via email directly to the Burton Book Fund recipients. A total of 337 students responded to the survey over the one-month survey period.

January 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2016

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

December 2016

2015-16 THP-Plus & THP+FC Annual Report

The 2015-16 Annual Report details the status of THP-Plus and THP+FC, California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth.

August 2016

Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success

A report on the data shared by California College Pathways campuses.

October 2015