Upcoming Events & Trainings

January 30, 2020


CalEITC 101: Expanded State Tax Credit Puts Cash into the Pockets of California’s Most Vulnerable 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 in care. With the support of the child welfare 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 2020 to support youth in care with filing taxes and claiming the expanded CalEITC. This webinar will include the California Franchise Tax Board and discuss strategies to help transition-age youth access the CalEITC.

February 4, 2020


SB12 Learning Community

Description: An application for participation in the learning community will be made available to child welfare and probation agencies on February 4. 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, February 4, 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 February 4.

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 fact sheets 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: JBAY staff will join the California Alliance for Child and Family Services to present the 2018-19 THP-NMD & THP-Plus Annual Report and a proposal for providing a Housing Supplement for THP-NMD where the annual rate is less than Fair Market Rent.


Come to the workshop, presented by Simone Tureck Lee and Anna Johnson and learn about the success and challenges of providing affordable housing and supportive services to youth transitioning from California’s foster care and probation systems related to housing, education and employment and health and well-being You will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the experience of youth who are unable to access the program, youth who are currently on wait lists for the program, and youth who have benefited from the program. Additionally, you will learn about the ongoing efforts of a state work group advocating for additional funds toward the cost of securing apartments for transition age youth to ensure the rate continues to cover supportive services.  Leave with a copy of the Annual Report and information about how to support the housing supplement in this year’s legislative cycle.

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.