Foster Leaders Weekly Updates – 4/17/2018

Our weekly updates meetings are virtual meetings, which allows us to connect with our representatives and our supporters around the United States and beyond.  If you would like to share any information that is beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post and your information may be discussed during the meeting.

Please listen to our meeting podcast at:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fosterleadersus/2018/04/18/foster-leaders-weekly-update–4172018

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST FOSTER LEADERS

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UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 29th – Online Screening and Virtual Panel Discussion of “For a Better Life” by Foster Care Film

CA – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH SHARE INSIGHT WITH FOSTER PARENTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS
SOURCE: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/14275450/adopt-8-former-foster-youth-provide-unique-insight-into-the-system

NE – RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT
HomeStart is a collective effort between the Junior League of Lincoln and HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults to create HomeStart, which provides home essentials for young adults as they transition out of care.  These home essentials, like bedding and hygiene items, are provided at no charge.
Source: http://www.klkntv.com/story/37906869/local-non-profit-donates-household-supplies-to-youth-in-need

NY – EVENT PROCEEDS HELPING FOSTER YOUTH GO TO CAMP FELIX

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WI – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
Chance Cork recently won the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  After briefly attending college, Chance worked for 6 years and realized that he had an interest in Engineering.  Despite a learning disability, he has returned to college and has become a recognized student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Source: https://news.wisc.edu/top-returning-adult-students-honored-for-perseverance-success/

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
On March 30th, 2018, Kaysie Getty launched her project called Sew Educated.  The goal of Sew EdUcated is to provide custom stoles to alumni of foster care graduating from college to celebrate their success and defying the odds. By wearing these stoles it will bring awareness not only to others around them but their universities as well. The vision is to “Change the less than to Greater”. Please click here to visit the Facebook page to learn more,

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH MANAGING RESEARCH PROJECT
ANYONE with former foster care experience is invited to participate…the end goal is to further protect foster youth rights. My senior thesis, which is IRB approved, is focusing on Foster Youth’s Cultural Identity and It’s Impact on Social Well-Being. I found through my experience, the foster care bill of rights, and and academic literature that cultural identity is an often overlooked yet integral piece of well being especially in foster youth. Here is the link to participate: https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byMqgxUvFj3bddj

 

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, MARCIO DONALDSON, ON AMERICAN IDOL.  VOTING BEGINS ON APRIL 22.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO VOTE ON MARCIO.

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, SHARANE CALISTER, ON THE VOICE.

Most of our discussion will be over the foster youth college they are planning to establish in West Virginia.  Thomas Bailey, who is leading the planning of that project, is joining us to discuss some of the specifics and to address any questions/feedback that he is able to answer.
Link to article:
https://www.kvc.org/blog/first-college-for-youth-emerging-from-foster-care-gets-name-opening-date/

QUESTIONS/FEEDBACK ABOUT FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE:

–  Cost to the Students

–  Cost to the Public

–  Admissions Criteria

–  Curriculum/Course Offerings (Academic/Trade)

–  Accreditation Information

–  What kind of Outreach to Foster Youth in High School

–  Any Plans for an Open House in the Future?

–  What Role Have Foster Youth Played in the Planning for this Project?

–  How will the College and Faculty/Staff Address Stigmas and Labeling?

–  Is Hiring Alumni from Care a Priority?

–  Will this Campus Provide Dormitory Living?

–  What Percentage of Students will be able to Live On-Campus?

– How is this an Improvement over Robust College Support Programs (like Guardian Scholars or Fostering Success Michigan) that Serve and Support Students Attending a Traditional College?

–  Are you all Partnering with Existing College Support Programs?

–  Are Students able to get their General Education and Transfer?

–  What Level of Training on Mental Health/Trauma-Informed Care will Staff Have

–  Is there a Goal or Openness to Have a Campus Like this in other States in the Future?

–  Will there be Distance-Learning Opportunities?

–  Are they Currently Hiring? – Kathy Jones

– Would those who had Failed Adoptions or those Adopted at a Late age be able to Attend?

–  There’s Something about that which makes it seem less legit, less Accredited. Why not Riverbend College or Riverbend University?  Is this Meant to be a Trade-School Only?

– How will this College Play a Role in Integrating those from Foster Care into the General Population?

– How will the young people there maintain connections with their home communities?

– What will the transition from home to campus look like? And then from campus to home?

– What provisions will be made for youth who don’t like it there?

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/3/2018

**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. **

NATIONAL

Dissertation – Aging Out of Foster Care: The Experiences of Former Foster Youth Who Successfully Navigated this Transition by Margot Hedenstrom.  Themes of this dissertation were: “1) ‘Facing a transition’ which had three sub themes of ‘abrupt transition,’ ‘smooth but uneven transition,’ and ‘smooth transition;’ 2) ‘Depending on adults for help’ which had two sub themes of ‘receiving support’ and ‘asking for support;’ 3) ‘Making a difference for others; and 4) ‘Moving forward with my life.”
Link: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1040&context=nursing_diss

An update on research relating to the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
Link: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/planning-next-generation-evaluation-agenda-john-h-chafee-foster-care-independence-program/view/full_report

The Chronicle of Social Change posted an article that highlights a white paper distributed by the Urban Alliance, outlining recommendations on connecting high school students to employment opportunities.  Some of the notes that the “Chronicle” mentions a couple of points that drive our work.  One of those points is that even though high school graduation and college achievement are very important, ““that narrow focus on high school graduation and college enrollment as markers of success discounts other valid, longer-term connections.”  Another point is that employers are suffering the consequences of not engaging with the incoming workforce in their high school years where many are being shaped the most.
Links:
https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/education/29765/29765
https://theurbanalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/UAWP0218.pdf

CALIFORNIA

Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the National Homebuyers Fund (NHF) are sponsoring the “1 Laptop Program for Foster Youth,” which is an iFoster initiative that will provide over 1,000 local foster youth between the ages of 16 and 21 with laptops.
Link:
https://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/346053/program-will-provide-laptop-computers-for-local-foster-youth.html

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Learn more about Heart 2 Heart at www.heart2heartsolanocounty.com.

EAH Housing will turn properties that have been vacant for years into apartments in Morgan Hill.  Six of the apartments will be reserved for those who are aging out of care.
Link: http://www.morganhilltimes.com/news/scattered-apartment-project-offers-affordable-units/article_8e1ce22c-0773-11e8-b798-ebe2ed14bf7a.html

The Guitars for Vets and Foster Youth Project is a project in Bakersfield that provides a music appreciation class at no charge.  This class will begin at the end of February and will be completed in June.  Those who graduate from the program will receive free guitars.
Link: https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/vets-foster-youth-come-together-to-play-guitar

Financial services firm, QuickBridge, partnered with local nonprofits to facilitate a 3-day internship program for 3 CSUF Guardian Scholar students.  The students were awarded with $1,000 scholarships and received mentoring in credit, sales, and accounting.  They also participated in resume building workshops, networking sessions, and mock interviews.
Link: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180201005908/en/QuickBridge-Collaboration-OC-United-Sponsors-Three-Day-Internship

PENNSYLVANIA

Essay from former foster youth, Anthony Simpson, on educational challenges facing foster youth in Philadelphia.
Link: https://whyy.org/articles/navigating-public-education-foster-youth-bumpy-road/

TEXAS

Susie Black Holamon, who is a former foster youth from Dallas, has served as an advocate for foster youth in around 19 counties.  She is working on establishing a girls ranch for girls, ages 12-17, from the Texas foster care system.
Link: http://www.kxii.com/content/news/First-ranch-style-foster-care–471839723.html

VIRGINIA

Shante Dundee is a 21 year old former foster youth from Virginia.  She works at Virginia Kids Belong, which is dedicated to those transitioning out of foster care like herself.
Link: http://wtvr.com/2018/01/31/watch-richmond-moms-epic-surprise/

WISCONSIN

AB777 is a state bill that would waive tuition and other fees to foster youth who attend schools in the University of Wisconsin system and state technical schools.
Links:
http://www.wral.com/bill-promises-wisconsin-foster-kids-free-college-tuition/17298039/
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab777

ABOUT FOSTER LEADERS

Foster Leaders is dedicated to promoting the leadership potential of the foster youth community.  Instead of providing direct services or managing programs, Foster Leaders focuses 100% of its time networking with those navigating life after foster care and those who are in the position to guide them through this transition.  We compile useful information learned from our networking efforts into weekly updates.  The updates are centered around 3 core concepts, which we have found to be key factors in foster youth successfully transitioning out of foster care.  CONNECTION through updates that promote the growth of a positive support network around those transitioning out of care, LEARNING through updates that promote hands-on training opportunities, and LEADERSHIP through updates that showcase the leadership efforts of the foster youth community.

As weekly updates are posted, we archive them by state and present them in a categorized format.  Please look for the list of states on this page, and choose the state for which you would like to browse archived information.  More states will be coming soon!