Learning Session "C" -Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:15am - 11:30 am

Student Oriented Workshop

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Youth in Care or Alumni of Care Led Workshop

C1     Understanding LCFF Foster Match and Outcome Data

Liberty Van Natten, Education Research and Evaluation Consultant, Data Reporting Office, CA Department of Education

Bridget Stumpf, Coordinator, Technology Projects FYSCP, Sacramento County Office of Education


This session is, first and foremost, a learning opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the academic achievement of foster youth and how foster youth are identified and monitored in schools. You will also learn about the current educational rights for foster youth, as specified by legislation, and how the CDE, county offices of education, and school districts work together to identify and support the diverse, critical needs of foster youth. The workshop will conclude with a hands-on activity where you will learn how to access and monitor these outcomes to better understand and serve the needs of foster youth at a local level.


C2     Financial Aid for Foster Youth

Yvonne Hollingsworth, Trainer, CA Student Aid Commission

Michael Lemus, Trainer, CA Student Aid Commission


Come hear from The California Student Aid Commission about all the state financial aid opportunities for foster youth.  Learn about the latest enhancements to benefit foster youth; how to assist students with proper completion of the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, as well as the tips and tricks to completing the Chafee Grant application. Through this discussion you will also learn how to best to support and mentor foster students towards academic success.


C3     Foster Youth Shadow Day: An Event Contributing to Increased Graduation Rate and Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education in Los Angeles Unified School District

Traci Williams, Student Health and Human Services Specialist, LA Unified School District

LAUSD Students


Foster youth in the U.S. have the highest rate of non-completion of secondary school, are more likely to be unemployed, incarcerated, and homeless as adults.  They are less likely than their peers to believe they can have a successful future, graduate high school, or attend college. Adult mentorships can help foster youth envision a future in which educational success is attainable. This interactive workshop will share the value of providing a one-day career day for foster youth through the best practices of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Participants will be provided tools on how to recreate this event in their area including information on how to recruit students, a career interest survey and the training tool for the mentors.


C4     Authentic Youth Engagement - The First Star Experience

Jennyann Gallo, Program Coordinator and Former Peer Mentor, First Star

Linda Gallardo, Alumni and Peer Mentor, First Star

Moses Ramirez, Peer Mentor, First Star

Fatuma Johnson, Current First Star Scholar and Student Board Member, First Star


First Star has experienced exceptional success in getting our scholars through high school and into post-secondary education, all while ensuring youth voice and engagement is a priority. In an interactive presentation, our current scholars, Alumni, and peer mentors will discuss the approaches First Star takes to achieve youth engagement, and why youth remain connected after graduating. Through their experiences, youth will share how First Star’s unique approach, having mentors with lived experiences, and experiential learning opportunities impacted their own engagement. You will walk away with written materials outlining best practices and personalized action plans to implement in your communities.


C5     Systematically Improving Foster Youth Education Outcomes: Best Practices and Legislative Recommendations

Jill Rowland, Education Program Director, Alliance for Children's Rights

Dr. Erin Simon, Director, Student Support Services, Long Beach Unified School District

Garry Creel, Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Azusa Unified School District

Devon Rose, Director of Student Services, West Covina Unified School District


Learn best practices for supporting foster youth education developed by a network of 6 districts over the course of several years. Gain access to a best practices guide that addresses how to create district-wide systems for foster youth success. For each issue (enrollment, alternative schools, credits and graduation), learn key legal points, data collection ideas, tools for implementation, internal and external policies and procedures, and sample board policies. Directors of Student Services will also discuss the positive outcomes they have achieved utilizing these practices, as well as legislative policy recommendations that developed out of this work.


C6     Strategies for Increasing Career Motivation in Foster Youth!

Larry Robbin, Executive Director, Robbin and Associates


When we talk with foster youth about career pathways, we are often having conversations that speak to the tip of the iceberg.  The rest of the iceberg is the hidden barriers to pursuing careers that may be difficult for foster youth to discuss and overcome.  This workshop is designed to help anyone that has career conversations with foster youth increase their understanding of the hidden roadblocks to pursuing careers and learn how to introduce those issues in ways that work for foster youth.  If you want to eliminate career pathway roadblocks, come to this workshop!


C7     Opening Wider Doors to the Future – CA Foster Youth Initiative

Cherie Schroeder, CA Foster Youth Initiative Project Lead / WCC YESS ILP Coordinator, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Sacramento

Robin Smith, ILP and Foster Youth Services McKinney - Vento Coordinator, Glenn County Office of Education

Leilani Miller, Service Mentor, CA Foster Youth Initiative, Glenn County Office of Education

Liz Winder, Service Mentor, CA Foster Youth Initiative, Woodland Community College / Yolo Co Office of Education

Mia Villa, Service Mentor, CA Foster Youth Initiative, Glenn County Office of Education


Operating on the belief that one learns from voices of those served set the precedent to develop CA Foster Youth Initiative (CA FYI) AmeriCorps, funded to better support Transitional Age Youth Outcomes.  Learn how we built and launched a statewide TAY support system from a series of forums listening to those that know California’s transitional age youth best – themselves -- along with adults with lived experience and a circle of caring professionals.  Shared will be the foundational domains of CA FYI, proven benefits of AmeriCorps mentoring, inspiration for expanding and enhancing foster your youth program, and new innovations for changing lives.

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