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Title: Pathways to Success Connecting Foster Youth to High School Career Development Opportunities


1
Pathways to SuccessConnecting Foster Youth to
High School Career Development Opportunities
October 28, 2009
2
WELCOME
  • Hosted by
  • New Ways to Work
  • Co-Sponsored by
  • Casey Family Programs
  • California Youth Connection
  • California Department of Education
  • Child and Family Policy Institute of California
  • Foster Youth Education and Career Network
  • Foster Youth Career Development and Employment
    Task Force
  • California Career Resource Network
  • California Workforce Association
  • Supported by
  • Casey Family Programs, Jewish Community
    Foundation of Los Angeles, and The San Francisco
    Foundation

3
Todays Agenda
  • 1000 Welcome and Overview
  • 1015 Career Development Opportunities and
    Resources
  • 1115 Break
  • 1130 Panel Discussion
  • 1230 Lunch
  • 100 Strategy Session
  • 230 Report Out
  • 245 Next Steps
  • 300 Adjourn

4
New Ways to Work
  • Builds community connections that
  • prepare youth for success
  • 25 years building comprehensive youth-serving
    systems nationally
  • Focuses on effectively targeting public resources
    to prepare youth for the future
  • Connects efforts to economic development
  • Pioneered the All Youth-One System approach
  • Since 2004 a focus on foster youth transitions

5
New Ways to Work
  • Where New Ways Works
  • Supporting connections between schools,
    community, and the workplace across the nation
  • Building connected transition systems for all
    youth in California
  • Building community capacity through customized
    technical assistance locally

6
New Ways to Work
  • Current and Former Initiatives
  • Communities and Schools for Career Success
  • Diploma Plus
  • Intermediary Network
  • Partners on the Breakthrough Series Collaborative
    on ILP Transformation
  • Targeted Technical Assistance New York City and
    Chicago
  • Youth Council Institute
  • Youth Transition Action Teams

7
Youth Transition Action TeamsYTAT
  • Launched in the summer of 2004 with 18 counties
    participating by 2008
  • Addressing the issue of transition for youth
    aging out of foster care
  • Consisting of leaders from child welfare,
    education, workforce development, and other local
    systems
  • Improving outcomes for youth aging out of the
    foster care system in the following areas
  • Educational achievement and aspiration
  • Workforce readiness
  • Employment
  • Support networks

8
2009 Projects
  • Foster Youth Career Development Access and
    Success
  • Funded by the San Francisco Foundation to work
    within the Bay Area to increase the awareness and
    access of foster youth to existing career
    development opportunities.
  • Foster Youth Summer Jobs Plus
  • Funded by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los
    Angeles to work in partnership with the LA YTAT
    to assist 100 foster youth in connecting their
    2009 summer jobs experience to their career and
    educational goals

9
Whos in the Room?
  • Which systems are represented?
  • What you hope to get out of this session?

10
Why Are We Here?
  • The Need to Increase Awareness and Access
  • Californias high schools offer an array of
    career development programs and services
  • Foster youth participation in these programs is
    low
  • Foster youth and those that work with them need
    to be aware of their options

11
What is Career Development?
  • A sequenced continuum of activities and
    experiences that address career and college
    awareness, exploration, and preparation.
  • Includes a series of classroom activities,
    workplace exposures, and community experiences
    over time.
  • Seek out programs and services that provide a
    range of opportunities for students to develop
    their interests and explore options for their
    future.

12
Career Development Continuum
13
What is Career Development?
  • Key Principles
  • The following key principles support a
    comprehensive career development system
  • Provide meaningful career development
    opportunities
  • Develop youth-centered and developmentally
    appropriate experiences
  • Engage parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Provide real world experiences
  • Build a connected system
  • Allow for flexibility and adaptability
  • Measure success and solicit feedback

14
An Overview of High School Options and
Opportunities for Career Preparation
  • Multiple Pathways
  • Provide a variety of academic and career related
    choices
  • Career Technical Education (CTE)
  • Curriculum standards designed to address the
    needs of Californias 15 identified industry
    sectors
  • Career Pathways Programs
  • Includes a sequenced set of academic and
    hands-on course work

15
Overview Continued
  • Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
    (ROC/P)
  • Career and technical education for high school
    students 16 years of age and older
  • Academy Programs
  • Small learning communities that provide college
    preparatory curriculum with a career theme

16
Overview Continued
  • Specialized Programs for Youth with Disabilities
  • WorkAbility
  • A transition program designed to prepare special
    education students for the workplace and
    independent living
  • Transition Partnership Programs (TPP)
  • Funded by the California Department of
    Rehabilitation to prepare special education
    students in their last two years of high school
    to be competitive for the job market upon their
    transition from high school

17
Other School Types and Programs
  • Magnet Schools
  • Alternative Schools of Choice
  • Model Continuation High Schools
  • Smaller Learning Communities
  • Charter Schools
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    Program
  • Service Learning
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations

18
Addressing the Information Gap
19
Addressing the Information Gap
  • The Guide to Career Development Opportunities in
    Californias High Schools
  • Supported by the San Francisco Foundation and
    Casey Family Programs
  • A resource for foster youth, social workers,
    caregivers, and others working with foster youth
  • Can be found at www.newwaystowork.org

20
Connecting to Employment
  • Begin planning early (7th or 8th grade)
  • Identify interests
  • Determine whether or not college will be required
  • Set short and long term goals
  • Assess work maturity and employability skills
  • Seek part-time employment or volunteer
    opportunities to gain skills and experience
  • Create a resume
  • Connect with existing programs that will assist
    with career and/or employment preparation

21
Supporting Career Development
  • California Career Resource Network (CalCRN)
  • John Merris-Coots, Executive Director
  • www.CaliforniaCareers.info

22
Other Opportunities that Support Career
Development
  • Workforce Investment Act
  • Career Ladders Project
  • The Gateway Project
  • Career Advancement Academies
  • Guardian Scholars
  • Chafee Education and Training Vouchers
  • California College Pathways
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative
  • Adult Education Programs
  • California Connected by 25 Initiative
  • Others?

23
How We Can Support Foster Youth in Connecting to
Next Steps
  • Find out who and what they are connected to
    already
  • Caregivers
  • Social Worker
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Educational Liaison
  • ILP Case Manager
  • Case Plan
  • Individual Education Plan
  • Transitional Housing Program
  • Transitional Independent Living Plan

24
Local Strategies
  • Our Panelists
  • Catherine Giacalone
  • Youth Development Services Manager, Contra Costa
    County Office of Education
  • Maya Webb
  • Foster Youth Services Coordinator, San Francisco
    Unified School District/Student Support Services
  • Darnell Johnson and Emily Villas
  • California Youth Connection

25
Mapping Existing Career Development Opportunities
and Challenges
  • Identify specific career development
    opportunities that already exist in your
    community
  • Identify what gets in the way of foster youth
    getting connected to these opportunities
  • Define what you can do or dodifferently to
    ensure that fosterare connected

26
Next Steps
  • What needs to be in place for effective career
    development in your community?
  • What do you already know?
  • What do you need to find out more about?
  • How are you going to get the information?
  • Who do you need to connect with?
  • How will you engage and empoweryouth and
    caregivers?
  • What is your strategy for gettinginformation to
    foster youth, caregivers,social workers,
    education liaisons, ILP, and others working with
    foster youth?

27
  • We should dream of and plan for a day when fewer
    children require foster care. But until that day
    comes, we have a moral responsibility to prepare
    young people leaving foster care to become whole
    adults who can fulfill their potential and build
    bright promising futures.
  • President Jimmy Carter
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