Upcoming Events & Trainings

April 28, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 am


Holding on by a Thread: The Cumulative Impact of the Pandemic on Youth who have been in Foster Care or Homeless

Description: Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a web seminar on the results of a statewide survey conducted to understand the impact of COVID-19 on youth who have been in foster care or homeless, 12 months after its start.

The statewide survey was conducted during a three week period in March 2021. A total of 903 youth from across California completed the survey. Among the questions to be addressed include:

  • How many youth have experienced homelessness since the start of the pandemic?
  • How has the pandemic impacted youths’ employment?
  • How are young parents faring during the pandemic?
  • What role have campus basic needs centers played in protecting youth during the pandemic?

Survey findings will also include information about youth who remained in foster care after age 21, who face the “housing cliff.” In addition to survey findings, two JBAY Youth Advocates will present on the findings of youth interviews.


May 4, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Burton Book Fund 101: Intro to the 2021-2022 program

Description: In this webinar, JBAY will present an overview of the Burton Book Fund program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Speakers will include Burton Book Fund program manager, Suzil Sciancalepore, JBAY Executive Director Amy Lemley, and Cody Van Felden, JBAY Youth Advocate and Burton Book Fund recipient.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is the campus application process going to be like this year?
  • What are the deadlines for the application, contract, and grant report?
  • Are there any changes to the program this year?


May 5, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


AB 366 Baby Shower Briefing for Expectant and Parenting Youth in Care

Description: How does the pandemic impact expectant and parenting foster youth? How much does preparing for a baby really cost?  In fact, the average cost to meet basic health and safety standards before childbirth is at least $2,000. It is our collective responsibility to ensure our foster youth have what they need for safe and healthy futures - for them and their babies. Healthy Futures for Foster Youth (AB 366) will support expectant and parenting youth to meet these and other needs. Join us to learn more about AB 366 and the needs of youth in foster care on May 5, 2021 from 11-12:00 p.m. For more information about the bill, click here.


June 4, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Course 1)

July 9, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Course 2)

Two Part Webinar

Turning Dreams into Degrees Train-the-Trainer: Higher Education Course 1 and 2

Description: A new study shows that only 11% of California’s foster youth have an AA or BA by the age of 23. This curriculum was developed by JBAY, UNITE-LA, and LA County’s Foster & Kinship Care Education Program to train caregivers to better support foster youth to enroll and succeed in college.

Course 1 will focus on supporting caregivers with early college planning for youth in 6th-10th grade and Course 2 will focus on ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college for youth in 11th and 12th grade. Additionally, trainers attending these webinars will learn how to provide interactive activities to attendees throughout the course in both virtual and in-person settings.

These two courses are train-the-trainer webinars for individuals who plan to train caregivers, including resource parents, STRTP or FFA staff.