Upcoming Events & Trainings

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.

March 4, 2020


The FAFSA Challenge: Promising Practices to Increase Financial Aid Access Among Foster Youth

Description: In 2017, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), launched the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge. The FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign to increase the number of foster youth who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that foster youth are completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). Efforts were led by each county’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs (FYSCP) who coordinated county, school, and community partners to develop strategies to support FAFSA/CADAA completion.

After two years of implementation the rate of FASFA completion increased from 42% to 57% and a number of best practices emerged from county partners. JBAY has compiled these best practices into a set of recommendations that FYSCPs, school districts, county child welfare and probation agencies, and other stakeholders can use to continue to increase FAFSA/CADAA completion rates for years to come.

JBAY will host a webinar on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. that will feature an overview of the recommended practices from JBAY along with FYSCP representatives who will share examples of successful strategies from their counties’ experience. To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE.

May 5, 2020


Burton Book Fund 101: Intro to the 2020-2021 Program

Description:In the 2020-2021 school year, the Burton Book Fund is going to be undergoing several changes. The fund will be moving away from it’s current model, to a Grant Program. This webinar will cover the full scope of the changes, as well as the updated requirements for both the Bookstore and Campus Representatives.

Please register for the Burton Book Fund 101: Intro to the 2020-2021 Program Webinar on May 5, 2020 10:00 AM PST Here