Upcoming Events & Trainings

January 29, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM

WEBINAR

It’s Been a Decade: How is Extended Foster Care Working in California?

Description:

It’s been a decade since the extension of foster care to age 21 in California and the CalYOUTH Study has been evaluating its effect each step of the way.

Please join Professor Mark Courtney and John Burton Advocates for Youth on Friday, January 29th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to learn about the results from latest wave of interviews at age 23.

Professor Courtney will present on how youth who participated in extended foster care are faring in a wide range of areas, including housing, health, education and more. The web seminar will be an important opportunity for policy makers and practitioners to understand where extended foster care is benefiting young people and where additional work is required to fulfill its original goals.

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February 4, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM

WEBINAR

Partnering with Local Mental Health Providers to Support Foster Youth in College

Description:

The new Partnering with Local Mental Health Providers to Support Foster Youth in College toolkit documents efforts to link Medi-Cal-eligible foster youth and other students from traditionally underserved groups to mental health services in the community, leverage existing funding, and develop systems to co-locate services on campus. California Community College support program staff, campus health center or mental health staff, county mental health agencies, and local providers can replicate these practices to remove barriers and connect students with Medi-Cal or no insurance to mental health services.

This webinar will present an overview of the Toolkit framework. Presenters from Rio Hondo College and College of the Canyons will share how the practices identified in the Toolkit can be used to serve students with involvement in the foster care system, and other vulnerable student groups.

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February 4, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

WEBINAR

New FAFSA Policies for Homeless and Foster Youth

Description:

In December 2020, Congress passed significant new financial aid policies, including revisions to the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and current and former foster youth. These changes are designed to remove barriers to financial aid and improve young people’s ability to access and complete higher education.

This webinar will provide an overview of the provisions related to homelessness and foster care, summarize the broader changes to financial aid policy, provide timelines for implementation, offer opportunities to ask questions, and provide helpful practice resources. Presenters will include representatives from Schoolhouse Connection, Juvenile Law Center, and JBAYs own Director of Education, Debbie Raucher.

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February 9, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

WEBINAR

CalEITC 101: Expanded State Tax Credit Puts Cash into the Pockets of California’s Transition-Age Youth

Description:

In the 2019-2020 budget, the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals, was expanded from $400 million to $1 billion. More than 600,000 young adults in California, including current and former foster youth, are expected to qualify for the CalEITC this tax season. This could mean hundreds or thousands of dollars in tax refunds for transition age youth. With the support of child welfare, education, housing partners and free tax preparation services, these refunds can help young adults cover necessary expenses.

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) invites you to partner with us in 2021 to support youth in care with filing taxes and claiming the expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). This webinar will include the California Franchise Tax Board and Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, and discuss strategies to help transition-age youth access the CalEITC.

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