Upcoming Events & Trainings

December 14, 2017

Fundraising Gala: San Francisco

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth to celebrate John Burton’s Birthday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Follow this link for more details!

December 18-20, 2017

Workshop Series: Los Angeles

Making Proud Choices!

As part of the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project (LA RHEP), JBAY will host a three-day training on sexual and reproductive health on December 1820. To participate, youth must be current or former foster youth, age 18 to 24 and living in Los Angeles County. Participants will receive financial incentives; transportation is provided. To learn more and register, click on the informational flyer.

December 19-20, 2017

Conference: San Diego

Beyond the Bench

Beyond the Bench is a multidisciplinary statewide conference devoted to meaningful physical, remote, and equal access to the justice system for those involved–voluntarily or involuntarily–with the court system. View the program agenda HERE.

JBAY is leading a workshop at the conference:

College Resources and Support for Foster Youth: Turning Dreams into Degrees

Jessica Petrass, Project Manager, John Burton Advocates for Youth

This workshop covers all the need-to-know facts about how to guide and support foster youth to prepare for college, help them to understand the different postsecondary educational options, ensure they obtain maximum financial aid, and assist them in securing the substantial on-campus supports available to them.

January 17, 2018

Web Seminar

Financial Aid for Foster & Homeless Youth, Part I: Completing the FAFSA

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a web seminar focused on all of the steps associated with assisting current and former foster youth and homeless youth with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and applying for financial aid. Attendees will become familiarized with the FAFSA application process, breakdown what typical financial aid award packages include, and will provide important tips for helping ensure current and former foster youth and homeless youth access maximum aid.

February 6, 2018

Conference: Sacramento

Transitioning to Brighter Futures: Serving transition age foster youth in the child welfare and probation systems

This conference, organized by the California Department of Social Services and the Family Policy Institute of California, provides an opportunity to take an in-depth look at transition age youth programs to celebrate achievements and share best practices while recognizing the challenges that still exist and offering innovative ideas to address them. Learn more about the conference agenda and workshops HERE. Register for the conference HERE.

JBAY is leading three workshops at the conference:

Beyond the Safety Net: Promoting Post-Secondary Educational Achievement Among Foster Youth in the Era of Extended Foster Care

Simone Tureck, Associate Policy Director, John Burton Advocates for Youth

Six years out from implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, many of us are asking, “is Extended Foster Care working?” In the area of post-secondary education, data suggest foster youth may indeed be experiencing improved outcomes with an 18% increase in community college enrollment since 2012-13. However, important questions remain: is remaining in foster care “enough” to improve college outcomes, or is it necessary to change the practice of the sector to increase emphasis on college? This workshop will share findings from a pilot to transform housing providers into college success programs.

Accelerating Success for Foster Youth at Community Colleges

April Allen, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Educational Results Partnership; Debbie Raucher, Project Director, California College Pathways, John Burton Advocates for Youth

This workshop will share newly released information about foster youth outcomes at California’s community colleges and provide individuals who support transition age youth with data driven approaches to address identified barriers. Findings highlight pathways and predictors of foster youth success and provide insights for local and statewide policymakers to help remove barriers to getting transition age youth to and through college. We will provide several opportunities for participants to dialogue regarding promising practices identified at several bright spot colleges that have positive academic outcomes for foster youth.

LA Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth: Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Reproductive Health

Amy Lemley, Executive Director, John Burton Advocates for Youth; Luciana Svidler, Policy Associate & LA RHEP Coordinator, Children’s Law Center of California

Launched in March 2017, the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP) is a partnership of cross-sector stakeholders working to dismantle systemic barriers in an effort to improve access to sexual and reproductive health care services for youth in care and decrease rates of unintended pregnancy. Participants will be provided with an overview of the unique barriers that young people in foster care face related to accessing reproductive health services and how LA RHEP is addressing this through their collective impact model. Additionally, the presentation will provide information about current local and state policy (SB 89) impacting reproductive health services for foster youth.