Summer 2020 Justice Ed Initiative Updates

The JusticeEd Program in Santa Clara County has been working hard to support the education success of youth and families through the shelter-in-place order. See the newsletter below for a peek into how the work has transformed, and learn about some of our graduates! Author(s): JusticeEd Topic(s): Academic Skills, California, Career Success, Higher Education, Juvenile Justice Recommended Audience(s): Agency […]

Compassionate Systems CA, First Star, and United Friends of the Children have developed a best practice guide for supporting foster youth who are in the graduating class of 2020. According to the California Department of Education’s online database Dataquest, there are approximately 4,000 foster youth who are seniors in high school. The goal of the […]

FosterEd Arizona 2020 Arizona Foster Care Education Toolkit

FosterEd Arizona, in partnership with Fostering Advocates Arizona, released the Arizona Foster Care Education Toolkit. This comprehensive guide includes information on laws, policies, best practices and stories that lift up the distinct needs and supports available to students in foster care. The toolkit is designed to assist adult allies who are working with children and youth in foster care with […]

FosterEd Celebrates Volunteer Program

It is with bittersweet gratitude that we announce FosterEd Arizona is closing its volunteer program after five years of serving young people as Academic Guides, Volunteer Educational Champions, and College & Career Success Coaches. We take a look back in this newsletter to recognize and celebrate their work. Author(s): FosterEd Topic(s): Arizona, Foster Youth, Volunteers Recommended Audience(s): Agency Leaders and […]

FosterEd AZ Launches First Phase of Statewide Expansion

FosterEd is now serving youth in Maricopa County! On August 21, 2017, FosterEd Arizona opened its Phoenix Office and welcomed seven new Education Liaisons to the team. Our entire staff spent the week together learning from one another and our partner organizations in preparation for working with young people in the field… Click here to […]

Want to Help California Foster Youth Succeed in School? Start with SB 233

But foster parents shouldn’t be afraid of accessing educational information about the children in their care. Senate Bill (SB) 233, a bill now before the California Senate, helps clarify how foster parents who don’t necessarily hold educational rights can and should access their foster child’s educational records. Put forward by California State Senator Jim Beall […]

FosterEd Arizona Hiring Education Liaisons in Pima and Maricopa Counties

Foster Youth Education Liaisons—Pima and Maricopa Counties FosterEd is hiring 4-6 Educational Liaisons in Maricopa County and 1-2 Educational Liasons in Pima County to join the FosterEd Arizona Team. FosterEd Educational Liaisons improve educational outcomes for students in foster care by providing educational supports and services that engage youth in school, empower youth to drive […]

New Mexico Leads in Supporting System-Involved Youth, Implementing ESSA

After passing two new bills in January and February of this year, state legislators say New Mexico is leading the way in ensuring educational stability for students who have been affected by homelessness and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Bolstered by the involvement of young people with experience within these systems, the two bills […]

Governor Signs Bills For Students In State’s Care

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed two bills that will improve support for students in the state’s care. The legislation was developed in collaboration with young people who have had foster care or juvenile justice experience and their insights were critical to ensuring this legislation would provide meaningful help for system-involved students. Click here to read the […]

Education Bills For Vulnerable Students Advance

Two bills designed to support New Mexico’s most vulnerable students have passed their first committees in the House.   House Bills 411 and 301, sponsored by Representative and Majority Floor Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces), support at-risk students who, due to varying circumstances, face unparalleled challenges in pursuing their academic career due to their placement […]

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