Upcoming Events & Trainings

May 2019

Locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego

JBAY Annual Graduation Celebration Event

Description: Each year, JBAY hosts graduation celebration events to honor the academic achievements of current and former foster youth attending college. Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating current and former foster youth who are working toward or have earned an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, or have completed a certificate program. JBAY will be hosting events in three locations across the state.

Due to capacity, only graduating students will be honored at the LA event.

May 23, 2019


Youth Homelessness in California: What Impact has the Five-Percent Set-Aside in HEAP had so Far? 

Description: As part of last year’s state budget, the California State Legislature created the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) to address homelessness. Of the $500 million budgeted for HEAP, at least five percent ($25 million) was required to be directed to address youth homelessness. This webinar will mark the release of a report on how HEAP funds for homeless youth have been spent. Findings from the report were drawn from a statewide survey of Continuums of Care (CoCs) and in-depth interviews with representatives from CoCs across the state and the 11 large cities that received HEAP funds.

May 23, 2019

Location: Los Angeles

3rd Annual Piecing It Together Symposium: Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness or in Foster Care

Description: This symposium is hosted by Los Angeles County Office of Education and is open to school district personnel as well as organizations that serve youth and families experiencing homelessness and students in foster care. JBAY staff will be hosting the following workshop at this event:

Turning Dreams into Degrees: Strategies to Support Foster Youth and Homeless Youth in Achieving a Higher Education

Presenter: Jessica Petrass, LCSW; John Burton Advocates for Youth

By 2020, over 65% of today’s jobs will require some form of higher education, yet many foster youth and homeless youth face a myriad of barriers that prevent them from achieving their college and career dreams. Whether your students are interested in career and technical education or a 4-year degree, attendees of this workshop will learn about the special considerations for foster youth and homeless youth in the college matriculation process. This will include step-by-step instructions on how students can receive the maximum possible financial aid and practical tools that can be utilized by youth and providers. In addition, this workshop will provide an overview of the various resources and supports available at college campuses to ensure that they persist and graduate.

June 5, 2019


Turning Dreams into Degrees: A New Tool for Counties to Empower Caregivers in Supporting Foster Youth with College

Description: A recent study found that youth who ever talked about college with their caregivers are over eight times more likely to attend a four-year college than those who don’t. Findings such as these have led the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services (LA DCFS) to require licensed caregivers to become trained on preparing youth for college, starting in middle school. This web seminar will debut the new curriculum for caregivers on post-secondary education that will be used in Los Angeles and is available statewide. Information will be provided on LA DCFS’ training policy, and how counties can provide this training to caregivers as part of the eight-hour annual Resource Family training requirement. Presenting on the web seminar will be representatives from JBAY, LA DCFS, the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE), and UNITE-LA.

June 27, 2019


2019-2020 Burton Book Fund: Information for Campuses and Bookstores

Description: Since 2013, John Burton Advocates for Youth has operated the Burton Book Fund to offset the cost of textbooks and course materials for current and former foster youth in California and make college accessible to the most vulnerable students. This web seminar will provide essential information about the Burton Book Fund for the 2019-20 academic year and be an important opportunity for college campus representatives, students, and book store administrators to learn about this important program.

July 25, 2019: Torrance, CA

August 8, 2019: Oakland, CA

In-Person Regional Trainings: Save the Date

Description: With the passage of the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act (SB 89), social workers, foster caregivers and judges must be trained to support healthy sexual development for foster youth. As a member of the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA-RHEP), JBAY is working with Seneca Family of Agencies to develop a module that counties can use in their Resource Family pre-approval training to fulfill this mandate for caregivers. Full-day regional trainings tailored to those who train caregivers will be hosted in two locations. Registration will open June 1, 2019.

October 28-29, 2019

Location: Los Angeles

2019 Blueprint for Success Conference

Description: The 2019 Blueprint for Success Conference is a dynamic two-day event that includes a networking reception and workshops. The conference, sponsored by John Burton Advocates for Youth, combines meaningful engagement opportunities with in-depth workshops presented by professionals with a passion and aptitude for supporting foster youth to achieve their higher education goals.