Category Archives: past webinars

SB 940: Improving Access to Cal Grant for Foster Youth

This web seminar  discusses SB 940 introduced by Senator Jim Beall to improve access for foster youth to California’s largest financial aid program: the Cal Grant. Panelists reviewed the impetus for the legislation, its three main provisions, and what you

Step-By-Step Guide to Completing the FAFSA for Foster Youth

Step-By-Step Guide to Completing the FAFSA for Foster Youth                                                              

Financial Aid for Foster & Homeless Youth, Part I: Completing the FAFSA

This web seminar focused on all of the steps associated with assisting current and former foster youth and homeless youth with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and applying for financial aid. Panelists discussed the FAFSA application

Financial Aid & Foster Youth, Part 1: Completing the FAFSA

This web seminar featured Simone Tureck of the John Burton Foundation and Marisol Ramirez, Financial Aid Technician and Guardian Scholars Coordinator at Pierce College. The goal of this web seminar was to familiarize attendees with the various types of financial aid

Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges

Staff from Educational Results Partnership shared key findings from their new report, Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges. The report provides college leaders with data driven approaches to improve foster youth outcomes, and shines

Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge

On November 17, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) hosted a webinar launching the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge, in partnership with the California Department of Education’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. A

Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities

John Burton Advocates for Youth has released a new publication, Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities, highlighting steps that Cal State University and University of California campuses can take to enhance support for foster youth enrolled

Financial Aid & Foster Youth, Part II: After the FAFSA

This web seminar featured Yvonne Borrego with UC San Diego, Ernesto Nery with Merritt College and Simone Tureck with John Burton Advocates for Youth. Attendees learned about all of the steps that take place after the FAFSA is submitted, as well

Career Technical Education & Other Budding Programs

This web seminar featured Lynell Wiggins, Strong Workforce Technical Assistance Provider with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselor with Pasadena City College. Mr. Wiggins synthesized some of the systemic changes occurring within the state’s

On-Campus Support & Resources for Foster Youth in College

This webinar describes the resources and campus support programs available at California public colleges and universities and how best to connect students with them. Topics covered include: FYSI program in California Community Colleges Special support programs in California Community Colleges,

How to Help Foster Youth Avoid the Remediation Trap & Achieve College Success

This webinar focused on supporting current and former foster youth in pursuing post-secondary education. Topics covered included: the matriculation process how placement in remedial courses can be detrimental for students how to help students avoid unnecessary placement in remedial courses ways a

Foster Youth Data in Action: Using the CalPASS Plus Foster Youth Data Dashboard

Ken Sorey of Education Results Partnership explains the Cal-PASS Plus data dashboard. Click here to view the slides. Click Here for the recording.

CalYOUTH Study Findings: How Are Foster Youth Faring in Education?

Dr. Mark Courtney, lead researcher for the CalYOUTH study and University of Chicago professor, presented the results of groundbreaking research on young people’s transitions to adulthood from foster care. CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides CLICK HERE to listen to

Child Welfare 101

For those who work with foster youth, but not directly in the child welfare system, the complex legal processes of the foster care system can sometimes seem bewildering. How does a child makes their way through the legal detention process?

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

CASA Higher Education Presentation

Debbie Raucher with the John Burton Advocates for Youth presented information at the Alameda County CASA summit regarding supporting foster youth in accessing and succeeding in higher education. Click on the file name below to download a copy of the

Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success

“Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success” is a landmark report with new insights into the educational experiences of foster youth attending a subset of community colleges and universities in California. This webinar reviewed key report

It’s the Law 2015 – Policy Changes that Impact Foster and Homeless Youth in California

This webinar provided an overview of the 2015 legislative session. John Burton Advocates for Youth was joined by representatives from other advocacy organizations to explain which bills made it and which didn’t and how these changes will impact foster youth

Reducing Unplanned Pregnancy and Strengthening Academic Achievement

According to the The National Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Teen Pregnancy, one of the biggest barriers to completing college is unplanned pregnancy: a full 61% of women who have children after enrolling in community college do not finish their education. This

Advancing Wellness: Tools for Supporting Mental Health

Children and youth in foster care are disproportionately at risk for mental health challenges and yet many do not have access to needed treatment. Unmet mental health needs for foster children can mean ongoing problems during the transition into college

Stop Wasting My Time: Getting the Most Out of Your Meetings

For campus based foster youth support programs and other providers, collaboration with partners is essential to the success of the program. Much of this collaboration happens in face-to-face meetings and the degree to which these relationships add value can depend

Stop Wasting My Time! – Building your Facilitation Skills

This was the second in a two-part webinar series designed to strengthen campus and organizational capacity to effectively collaborate with partners and embed campus programs within an institutional framework. Collaboration with other stakeholders can bring new resources to a program

It’s Never Too Late: Serving Re-Entry Students From Foster Care

When serving former foster youth, program resources are limited and programs must make hard choices about who to serve and who to exclude and one common practice is to set an age cap for participants. Some programs, however have chosen

It’s the Law 2014! Policy Changes that Impact Foster Youth in California

This call featured representatives from six different adovcay organizations whol provided an overview of new laws from the 2013/2014 legislative session that impact foster youth, with a focus on laws that impact the transitional age foster youth population and in

Assisting Foster Youth to Access Graduate Education

These cases are the first in a series about students who come from a background in foster care and still, despite incredible adversity, have been successful in gaining acceptance to graduate school. The cases can be used by instructors of

Incorporating Foster Youth in Student Equity Planning

The final 2014-2015 Budget Act includes new student success funding that is contingent upon the development of student equity plans by community college districts. The accompanying budget trailer bill governing implementation added foster youth along with several other new populations

Campus Practice Call: Filling in the Gaps

These bi-monthly calls allow campus practitioners from across the state to come together to share ideas, hear about crucial updates and learn from each other and other experts in the field about exciting and innovative practices designed to better support

Coaching Models for Foster Youth Campus Based Professionals

This call was co-sponsored with the Career Ladders Project and featured an exploration of coaching models. Speakers were representatives from Beyond Emancipation (B:E) and Western Michigan University, who presented information about two coaching models that are designed to improve short

From Their Lips to Your Ears: Using Focus Groups to Inform Campus Support Program Design

When designing programs for foster youth, we often look to the “experts” for guidance, but often those with the most expertise are foster youth themselves. Soliciting feedback through focus groups can be a valuable exercise both to inform new program

Campus Faculty/Staff Foster Youth Training

John Burton Advocates for Youth’s April 2nd campus practitioner call featured an overview of a curriculum developed by JBAY that can be used to train faculty and staff on college campuses about the needs of foster youth. Click on the

Information is Power: Using Data to Inform Campus Support Program Design

Increasingly funders and service providers alike are recognizing the value of using data to inform the design of programs in order to ensure that resources are targeted most effectively and service delivery is leading to desired outcomes. This webinar provided

Priority Registration for Foster Youth Two Years Later: Challenges and Triumphs

In 2011, groundbreaking legislation, known as Assembly Bill 194 (AB 194) was enacted, granting current and former foster youth priority registration for enrollment in classes at California State University and Community College campuses and requesting that University of California campuses

Tips to Get the Best Campus Data on Foster Youth

Data is an essential tool in the quest to improve college outcomes for foster youth. Data related to the educational successes and challenges of foster youth not only helps advocates and service providers to tell their story more persuasively to

Partnerships for Success – Case Studies in Collaboration Between Child Welfare and Higher Education

With the extension of foster care to age 21 allowing more foster youth to attend college, the need for strong partnerships between child welfare agencies and institutions of higher education is greater than ever. John Burton Advocates for Youth has

Successful Media Strategies

As the world of funding becomes increasingly competitive, being the program with the “buzz” can give you an important leg up. An expert in media coverage, Daniel Heimpel, founder of Fostering Media Connections explained how programs can generate media attention

Tools for Campus Support Programs

This webinar provides a review of two exciting new tools for professionals working on college campuses with foster youth. “Foster Youth Campus Support Programs: A Leadership Guide” is a practical guide to help campus staff with the planning and implementation

Retention Strategies – Part 3

Our third training highlighting promising practices in college retention strategies for foster youth took place in Oakland. This session featured Toni Heineman with A Better Way who shared techniques for working effectively with youth who have a history of trauma

Beyond a BA: UC Davis’ Guardian Professions Program

The web seminar provided an overview of a new campus based support program for graduate students at UC Davis. Click on the file name below to download a copy of the file. Guardian Professions Program Brochure UC Davis Guardian Professions

Retention Strategies – Part 2

This in-person training was simulcast and recorded as a web seminar. The training focuses on strategies to help keep foster youth in college and featured an overview of a study conducted by the RP Group along with CSU Fresno’s creative

Retention Strategies – Part 1

This in-person training was simulcast and recorded as a web seminar. The training focuses on two strategies to help keep foster youth in college. The first highlights a peer mentoring program developed at Riverside Valley College and Moreno Valley College.

When Financial Aid Backfires: And How to Not Get Burned

Foster youth attending colleges and universities rely heavily on financial aid including federal aid from the U.S. Department of Education. If they do not understand all the ins and outs of how federal grants work however, students can inadvertently find

Post Secondary Education in the Era of AB12

The implementation of extended foster care (AB12) provides an opportunity for those who work within the framework of child welfare systems to leverage this new resource to improve post-secondary education outcomes for foster youth. Watch this training to learn how.

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Extended Foster Care

This training provides an overview geared towards education professionals about AB12, legislation implemented in 2012 that extends foster care to the age of 21. Click on the file name below to download a copy of the file. Top Ten Things