Upcoming Events & Trainings

March 4, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:15 PM


All Hands on Deck: How the CA Foster Youth AmeriCorps Initiative Can Help You Help Foster Youth

Description: The pandemic has brought into focus the challenges foster youth face in their transition to adulthood, making it more important than ever to leverage all available resources to support them. Please join us to learn about an innovative strategy that is doing exactly that — the CA Foster Youth Initiative AmeriCorps program. This important program provides an opportunity for community-based organizations, colleges, Independent Living Programs, County Offices of Education and others to:

  • expand their capacity to support foster youth;
  • provide career opportunities for young adults with experience in the foster care system; and
  • incorporate the voice of those with lived experience more explicitly into their programming.
Join us to hear directly from both partner agencies and service mentors to learn how you can leverage the close to $1 million that has been set aside for this initiative to help your agency to build a stronger continuum of care toward academic and career pathways for foster youth as they transition into adulthood.


March 17, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM


Tale of Two Programs: The Status of Youth in the 2020 Rollout of HHAP & Homekey

Description: Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a web seminar marking the release of a report on the status of youth in California’s 2020 rollout of funding for homelessness. The report analyzes implementation of two programs to address homelessness—one with a specified youth set-aside which resulted in 10% of funding being directed to youth, and one without a youth set-aside which resulted in 0.5% of funding being directed to youth.

The report draws on information gathered from Continuums of Care, cities and counties about their expenditures on youth with funding from round one of the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program, which requires that local jurisdictions dedicate at least eight percent of their HHAP allocation on youth. Statewide, jurisdictions invested 10% of the $650 million allocated in addressing youth homelessness.

The webinar will also feature the report’s findings about Homekey, the state’s COVID-19 response mechanism for addressing homelessness. This strategy did not include a youth set-aside and resulted in 0.5% of Homekey funding being awarded for projects serving youth—two projects out of 87. Panelists will share recommendations from the report and the webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.