Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 3/18/2018

**If you would like to share any event(s), resource(s), or any other update(s) that are beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are dedicated to guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post with a brief summary, in which states this information is relevant, and link(s) where we can find more information. **

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Foster Leaders is partnering with Foster Care Film to screen their new short film, “For a Better Life.”  This screening will be available on our website at no charge for the first 15 people to sign up for the screening and to agree to participate in a panel discussion the night of the screening.  Please click here for more details.

Good Luck to Sharane Calister on The Voice

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Good Luck to Marcio Donaldson on American Idol

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MEET OUR NEW FOSTER LEADERS

Devin From Campbell County, VA
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If you are a former foster youth who would like to join the Foster Leaders Leadership Network, please click here.

VOICES OF FORMER FOSTER YOUTH

Alexei Ruiz discusses the issues facing foster youth as they seek one of life’s most basic needs, human connection.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-alexei-ruiz/youtube_17447897-415c-5995-bfc8-8754b97c3374.html

Donald Jayne discusses his experience being prescribed several medications and being proud of where you came from, even when life has been difficult.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-donald-jayne/youtube_91f05f99-9147-5c02-832d-6110da0d2ca9.html

NOTABLE INFORMATION

NATIONWIDE

FosterClub Transition Toolkit
Link: http://store.fosterclub.com/transition-toolkit-download/

6 Helpful Studies on Helping Foster Youth Navigate their Transitions from Foster Care
Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/archive/media/press/2016/national-youth-in-transition-data

CALIFORNIA

The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced it will award up to $35,000 in scholarships this year for college-bound high school seniors and current or former foster students in San Diego or Riverside counties.
Link: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation-announces-2018-scholarship-applications-high-school-seniors-and-foster


MICHIGAN

To apply or learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to http://www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. Questions should be directed to Treasury’s Student Scholarships and Grants area at mistudentaid@michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687).
Link: http://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2018/03/scholarship-available-for-foster-children/

VIRGINIA

Teens in Foster Care will Soon be able to Request Reunification with Birth Parents
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/foster-care-teens-can-soon-ask-to-reunite-with-birth-parents/2018/03/13/4dda7e38-270b-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 1/14/2018

**If you would like to share any event(s), resource(s), or any other update(s) that are beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are dedicated to guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post with a brief summary, in which states this information is relevant, and link(s) where we can find more information. **


The picture represents mailboxes created by MAD Designs, which is run by two former foster youth who are married.  They are $8 for 1 box and each additional box is $5.  Please click here to connect with them to see how you can place an order in time for Valentine’s Day.

NOTABLE UPDATES

NATIONAL

Youth Voice Writing Contest for Current and former foster youth, ages 18-24, located anywhere in the United States.  The Chronicle of Social Change is looking for Personal essays (nonfiction) between 1000-2000 words related to your foster care experience. Must be original work. Must be related in some way to the theme for this year’s contest: Love is …   The Deadline for submission is January 31, 2018.  The winner will receive $500 and the opportunity to have their piece published in The Chronicle of Social Change and Fostering Families Today. The runner-up will get $250, and finalists will receive $50.  Please click here for more info.
Link: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/contest

Youth Villages is expanding its Mozzaz digital health deployment to help former foster youth make a successful transition to adulthood through active, mobile client engagement and connected telehealth services. Personalized to individuals’ unique needs, the Mozzaz platform sends custom alerts, provides tips for specific interventions, and supports a positive, more connected environment including secure unified messaging through video calls and instant messaging.
Link: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Youth-Villages-Ready-to-Scale-with-Mozzaz-Digital-Health-Solution-Built-on-Microsoft-Azure-Platform-20180109

Former Foster Youth, Kandice Lake, is working on this document that she hopes will help many current and former foster youth attending college, and the faculty and administrators they encounter. She will start off with frequently asked questions and answers to those questions that will provide a resource to explain and at the same time depersonalize the situation of any individual student in foster care. She hopes to share the document later this month, and hope that advocates for foster youth will introduce it to college students, colleges and universities, and foster youth advocates.
Link: http://kids-alliance.org/coming-soon-new-tool-college-students-foster-care/

MICHIGAN

The Park West Foundation is proud to support the annual “Jump Shot Your Future” event. The annual college fair is the largest college fair for youth aging out of foster care (ages 14-25).“Jump Shot Your Future is a youth-led and guided project that is helping to bridge the educational gap for foster youth aging out, where youth leaders formerly in foster care develop the event concept into a meaningful experience that allows the provided information to connect with their peers more effectively,” says Saba Gebrai, Park West Foundation Program Director. The event brings together resources and universities in one place so young adults from foster care backgrounds can discover that attending and graduating from college is an obtainable goal. A plethora of vendors will be in attendance to offer resources and opportunities for the youth, including universities, tuition assistance programs and free health screenings.  The fair will be held on Sunday, January 28, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. The event is open to current and former foster care students ages 14 to 25.
Link: http://parkwestfoundation.org/5th-annual-jump-shot-future-college-fair/