Upcoming Events & Trainings

December 11, 2019


Set Up for Success: Supporting Foster Youth College Transition

Description: This webinar will provide strategies and best practices for ensuring that foster youth can successfully transition into post-secondary education and attain their educational goals. Panelists will discuss how to set up foster youth for success before they transition to a post-secondary setting. In addition, this webinar will focus on approaches to encouraging college attendance, breaking down the college acceptance and financial aid processes and how to ensure that foster youth are linked to the range of supports available at college. Finally, panelists will point you to online resources that can be used to support youth through the planning, application, and matriculation processes, including information about how to assist youth to enroll in industry-recognized certificate programs in hundreds of vocational programs available across the state.

December 12, 2019

Location: Fairmont Hotel – San Francisco, CA

John Burton Advocates for Youth’s 15th Anniversary Gala

Description: Please join us as we pay tribute to the spirit and determination of our foster youth who are striving daily to better themselves through education.

6:00 PM – Reception   7:00 PM – Dinner and Program

Featuring the SFJAZZ High School Allstars

January 28, 2020


SB12 Learning Community

Description: An application for participation in the learning community will be made available to child welfare and probation agencies on January 28. Those selected to participate will have an opportunity to learn from experts in the field as well as peers and will walk away with tools and resources that will support SB12 implementation in your county and will help your foster youth to achieve their educational goals.

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a webinar on Tuesday, January 28, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to learn about the SB12 Learning Community. If you are unable to attend on that date, please register and a recording of the webinar and the learning community application information will be provided to you after January 28.

February 3-4, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency – Sacramento, CA

Resource Family Approval Convening

Description: Promoting Healthy Sexual & Reproductive Development for Youth in Care: Tools for Resource Families and Caregiver Trainers – Recent research demonstrates harsh reproductive realities for youth in foster care, who face disproportionately high rates of unintended pregnancy, barriers to sexual health education and services, and too often, coercion regarding reproductive choices. By age 21, approximately 1/3 of foster and former foster youth will be parents, often unintentionally, which impacts their opportunities and outcomes in multiple areas in life. Recent legislation has directed the California child welfare system to play a more intentional role in promoting sexual and reproductive development for youth in foster care. In this workshop, representatives from John Burton Advocates for Youth and Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth will discuss tools resource families and caregiver trainers can use to support healthy sexual and reproductive development for foster youth, including a curriculum for pre-approval training and factsheets and guidelines to assist trusted adults in initiating sexual health conversations.

February 6, 2020

Location: Costa Mesa Hilton – Costa Mesa, CA

California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (CHEBNA) 2020 Summit: Advancing Student Success

Description: JBAY staff will present at this statewide intersegmental summit on strategies that can be employed to both access existing local housing resources more effectively for college students and leverage new state funding available statewide to address homelessness.

February 11-14, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency – Monterey, California

2020 California Alliance Executives Winter Conference

Description: Conference details will be forthcoming.

March 2-3, 2020

Location: Pacific Palms Resort – City of Industry, California


Description: JBAY staff will join the Alliance for Children’s Rights to present a workshop session offering an overview the existing landscape of housing options for Transition Aged Youth in California and recent developments that have created new opportunities.

Come to the workshop, presented by Jessica Petrass and learn practical online tools to assist youth with college and career planning, such as www.cacareerzone.com, Salary Surfer, and CA College Pathways. You will be able to explore some of these online tools within the session! You will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the various postsecondary education pathways, including career and technical education, and the benefits available for foster youth at California’s higher education institutions.  Leave with a copy of the Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide to help youth chart a course that is in line with their interests, goals and strengths to achieve self-sufficiency.