Category Archives: News

Join the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge

Every year, billions of dollars in federal financial aid go unused because eligible students do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign launched by John Burton Advocates

New Study Provides Insights into Youth Homelessness

A new study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago provides new insights into unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. The study is part of Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count initiative, which is designed to fill gaps in the nation’s

Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth

The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; the new student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of

LAUSD First to Track Post-Secondary Outcomes of Foster Youth

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education has approved resolution establishing a data sharing agreement that will allow the state’s largest district to track foster youth post-secondary educational outcomes. The resolution will allow LAUSD to gather aggregate

Post-Secondary Education Webinar Training Series

The Post-Secondary Education Training Series is a series of web seminars focused on improving post-secondary education outcomes among current and former foster youth. These web seminars are held the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and feature experts on

2017 Blueprint Conference: Save the Date

The California College Pathways 2017 Blueprint Conference will take place on October 16/17 2017 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel in Los Angeles. Mark your calendars now for this dynamic event that combines meaningful networking opportunities with in-depth workshops presented by professionals with a passion

Priority Registration Expanded

Senate Bill 906 (Beall) was signed by the Governor, making priority registration for foster youth across all three public systems of higher education a permanent benefit. The original bill had been scheduled to sunset at the end of 2016. The bill also

Financial Aid Now Available

There are two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process this year. First, the 2017-18 FAFSA will be available to students earlier than in previous years. The FAFSA opened on October 1, 2016, three months

AB 2506 Signed by Governor

Assembly Bill 2506 (Thurmond) was signed into law by Governor Brown last week. The new law restricts the use of Chafee ETV funds at schools that do not meet certain graduation and loan default criteria, a practice in place already for CalGrants.

Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Releases Report on Transition Age Foster Youth in College

A new report from the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium describes the barriers that foster youth face in attending college and makes recommendations for college policies and programs to remove those barriers, most prominently tuition and fee waivers and providing housing.

SB 906 (priority registration) Advances Through Legislature

On August 3rd, Senate Bill 906 (Beall), which would ensure the availability of priority registration for foster youth, low-income students and students with disabilities in college in California, passed unanimously out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. These three categories of

State budget includes $3 million expansion of Chafee grant program

The 2016/2017 state budget, signed by Governor Brown on June 27, included $3 million to expand the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV), the only source of financial aid for college dedicated solely for foster youth. John Burton Advocates for

CDSS launches centralized foster youth verification system

The California Department of Social Services issued guidance on April 27, 2016 regarding a new process that former foster youth can use to get verification of their foster care status. The guidance describes that former foster youth can contact CDSS

Foster Youth Higher Education Bills Advance Through Legislature

Two bills sponsored by the John Burton Advocates for Youth cleared hurdles recently as they make their way through the legislative process. On April 12, supporters for AB 2506 (Thurmond) convened in Sacramento to provide testimony on behalf of the

Lecture Highlights Decline in Teen Pregnancy; Not the Case for Foster Youth

As part of Child Trends’ Kristin Anderson Moore Annual Lecture Series, a December 2015 event featured speakers who discussed the field’s increased reliance on data, and subsequent federal investment in programs proven to be effective in reducing teen pregnancy. As

Preparing for Graduate School: Tools for Success

In today’s changing economy, a graduate education is often necessary to fully realize career goals. This webinar presented a new online educational tool specifically designed to help students with a background in foster care with the process of selecting and applying to an advanced degree

A Policy Agenda to Improve Foster Care for Young Adults

January 1, 2016 marks the fourth anniversary of the implementation of extended foster care in California, which has provided safe, affordable housing and ongoing supportive services to over 20,000 Non-Minor Dependents. While the policy has been largely successful, the last

Registration opens for 2016 Foster Youth Education Summit

Registration is now open for the 2016 Foster Youth Education Summit scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Sacramento. The event will feature 38 workshops that cover a wide range of topics including several workshops showcasing innovative ideas for increasing

New Data Report Released

California College Pathways is pleased to announce the publication of a new landmark study, Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success. This report offers new insights into the educational experiences of foster youth attending community colleges and universities throughout the state

Blueprint Conference Materials Now Available

The 2015 Blueprint for Success Conference took place on October 27 with over 500 attendees and all conference materials are now posted on the conference website.  Click here to read more about it.

AB 854 Expands Linkages Between K-12 and Post-Secondary Education

On October 9, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 854 (Weber) into law, making substantial changes to the Foster Youth Services (FYS) program, housed within County Offices of Education across the state. The bill, which renames the program the Foster Youth Services Coordinating

John Burton Advocates for Youth Launches 2015/2016 Book Fund

John Burton Advocates for Youth is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015/2016 Burton Book Fund, which provides up to $350 for foster youth enrolled in California colleges and universities towards the purchase of textbooks at their campus bookstore.

October 14 Webinar – It’s the Law! 2015 Policy Changes that Impact Foster Youth and Homeless Youth

The 2015 legislative session has ended and a variety of new laws are headed towards final approval that impact foster youth and homeless youth. These include substantial changes to the Foster Youth Services program, expanded campus housing options for homeless

Supporting our Family Connections

As young people transition out of care and into post-secondary education, a lack of permanence often drives youth to salvage a relationship with members of their birth family.  Young people often kick-start these reconnections with family members with a search

No Time to Lose: A Policy Agenda to Support College Success for Foster Youth

Over the last decade, California has made important gains in addressing the educational needs of children and youth in foster care, most notably the passage of Assembly Bill 490 in 2004 and more recently, the inclusion of foster youth as

California College Pathways 3.0 Launches!

We here at the John Burton Advocates for Youth are extremely excited to announce the launch of California College Pathways 3.0! This effort, funded by the Stuart Foundation and Walter S. Johnson Foundation will build on previous iterations of the