Foster Youth Services
Student, Family, and Community Support Department Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentSan Francisco Unified School District

 

What's New

bullet National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of the 75,000 children in California's foster care system. More information on National Foster Care Month. Two SFCSD Foster Youth Services events occur in May:

  • Foster Care Awareness Day – Go Blue for Foster Youth - Millions of people “go blue”, to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted by foster care and show their support for the 402,000 youth in foster care in the United States. SFUSD staff, students, families/caregivers, and community participants wore blue, decorated school or sites blue, and used the #goblueday on social media. 
  • Foster Youth Services End-of-Year Celebration – Celebrates SFUSD students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success and acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of SFUSD foster youth students.

OASIS | Resources | RSVP for Event (by May 4) | Website

bullet SF Guardian Scholars Summer Academy's Orientation

The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program from June 11-July 20, designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and career by participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Mandatory Orientation Meetings are April 18 & May 10. Contact FYS if you have any questions regarding our Summer Academy for Foster Youth - 415-242-2615. Application | Flyer

bullet Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Thank you to all the counselors, case managers and support staff who took the time to update FYS about their FAFSA applications. Although SFUSD did not win the $1,000.00 prize, we are encouraging our Foster Youth Seniors to continue to fill out FAFSA applications prior to the May 2, 2018 deadline.  FAFSA applicants will still be included in the scholarship drawing. Please contact FYS if you have any questions at 415-242-2615.

 

bullet Independent Living Skills Program Calendar

Please refer to our SF Independent Living Skills Program Calendar for events supporting our Foster Youth.

bullet Healthy Choices AmeriCorps

Great news to share! School Health Programs, SFCSD, has been awarded a three year grant from the California Volunteers to launch Healthy Choices AmeriCorps California. School Health Programs will guide Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members who will work directly with schools to support the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school climate activities such as one-to-one and small group mentoring, social emotional learning activities, peacemaking circles, volunteer and family engagement, as well as other structured group activities. Foster Youth Services is a participating program. Learn more.

bullet Foster Care Story Offers Opportunity in Trying Times

Read a story on foster care published in the Oakland Tribune about the heroes who provide support to children during the toughest days of their lives. Read the story.

bullet Key Findings for Foster Youth in FYS Mentoring for Success Program

In 2009, SFUSD received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, to mentor SFUSD foster youth. 2009-2010 Key findings include:

Academic

  • 32% of participants have had a decrease in unexcused absences
  • 30% of participants have shown an increase in GPA

Social/Emotional
Pre-test to post-test surveys reflect the following by student report:

  • 20% increase in feeling that there is a teacher at school who wants me to do my best
  • 10% increase in feeling that there is a teacher or other adult at school who really cares about me
  • 40% increase in feeling connected to people at school
  • 20% increase in feeling like they are a part of the school
  • 77% feel their mentor helps them do better in school

 

bullet Promoting Educational Success for Foster Youth
Read ways Esther Honda, school librarian, mentors her foster youth in Promoting Educational Success for Foster Youth (pdf)

bullet Connecting Foster Youth to Career Development Opportunities in SFUSD New Ways to Work has developed a guide book for use by San Francisco foster youth, caregivers, social workers and other service providers to assist foster youth in learning more about the career opportunities that exist in SFUSD high schools. 

In addition, New Ways to Work has developed a guide book for career development opportunities in California high schools.  This guidebook also provides checklists that outline the steps in getting connected.

San Francisco Guidebook (pdf) | California Guidebook (pdf)

bullet “Our Community, Our Children” Campaign materials now available online Help promote the need for San Francisco foster and adoptive parents in your community!  Visit our Media Center to download and print “Our Community, Our Children” foster/adoptive parent campaign materials from the FYS website.


bullet Foster Care Legislative Updates
  • Foster Care Benefits Extended To Age 21
    The Governor has signed a monumental piece of legislation extending Foster Care benefits and services to age 21. Read AB 12 Provisions and Other Recent Legislation
  • Fostering Connections Resource Center
    The Fostering Connections Resource Center has been created by a consortium of foundations to provide timely and reliable tools and information on all aspects of the federal law, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.  The Fostering Connections Resource Center includes a Web site (www.cafosteringconnections.org) providing data on all aspects of the law and customized tools.
  • Foster Ed Connect is a free online community and resource clearinghouse for all people helping children and youth in California's foster care system succeed in school (a project of the California Foster Youth Education Task Force).

THP-Plus Policy Brief (taken from HEY E-Newsletter)
The John Burton Foundation recently completed its latest policy brief, which looks at over 1,000 youth, 18 to 24, who entered California's transitional housing program for former foster youth since July 2008. The data was drawn from the THP-Plus Statewide Participant Tracking system, and provides new information about the needs of youth as they transition out of foster care and into THP-Plus in California. Download THP-Plus Policy Brief

Key finding from the policy brief include:

  • 39% of youth report experiencing an episode of homelessness prior to entering THP-Plus, with 19% of youth entering THP-Plus directly from homelessness;
  • 17% of youth entering THP-Plus had prior involvement with the juvenile probation system;
  • Over one-third of youth enter THP-Plus neither working nor attending school;
  • Custodial parents and older youth enter THP-Plus with greater disadvantages;
  • Just one-third of THP-Plus participants enter the program directly from foster care.

HEY Guide: Housing (pdf) The Honoring Emancipated Youth “HEY Guide” provides practical advice about searching for, keeping and paying for various types of housing, as well as sample rental applications and leases, and interactive games to help youth evaluate a housing option’s suitability. The “HEY Guide: Housing” is the first in a series of guides that HEY plans to produce. Future guides will focus on other issues relevant to youth who age out of care and other disconnected, transitional-age youth in the Bay Area. HEY Guide: Housing (pdf).

 

Archived News

bullet National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of the 75,000 children in California's foster care system. Read WAD.  More information on National Foster Care Month. Two SFCSD Foster Youth Services events occur in May - thank you to all who attended these fun events:

  • FYS End-of-Year Celebration
    Celebrating students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success as well as acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of foster youth students.
  • Foster Care Youth Leadership Awards
    Acknowledging current and former foster youth that have demonstrated leadership in their communities and in their own personal growth.

bullet Thank you for celebrating National Foster Care Month! 

Thank you to all who joined us at our two special events held in May and made this a time to recognize and celebrate youth and those who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. Congratulations to the honorees!

FYS End-of-Year Celebration (held May 14th)

  • Celebrating students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success
  • Acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of foster youth students

2014 Foster Care Month Youth Leadership Awards (held May 7th)

  • Acknowledging current and former foster youth that have demonstrated leadership in their communities and in their own personal growth.
updated 5/15/14

May is National Foster Care Month!  We are excited to announce two events to celebrate May as National Foster Care Month.  Join us in making this a time to recognize and celebrate youth and those who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.  Please see below and attached documents for event details and how you can support: 

  • FYS End-of-Year Celebration
    (May 14th, 4:30-6:00pm, 1515 Quintara Street)

Please join us in

  • Celebrating students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success
  • Acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of foster youth students

How you can support:

  • 2014 Foster Care Month Youth Leadership Awards
    (May 7th, 5:00-8:00pm, Baha’i Center, 170 Valencia Street)

Please join us in: 

  • Acknowledging current and former foster youth that have demonstrated leadership in their communities and in their own personal growth. Learn more.

How you can support:

 

posted 4/28/14

Guardian Scholars Summer Academy

The six-week long 2013 City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Guardian Scholars Summer Academy, June 10 - July 19, is designed to prepare foster youth students for a smooth transition from high school to college. The program provides college success and career development courses, college tours, free tuition, transportation passes, books and supplies. High school students will receive high school and college credit. View brochure. Attached reservation must be returned by April 19, 2013. Additional application materials will be sent to students after receiving the student reservation form.

posted 4/5/13

2013 Foster Care Month Youth Leadership Awards

May is National Foster Care Month! Please join us at the 2013 Foster Care Month Youth Leadership Awards, Thursday, May 2, to recognize and celebrate youth who have demonstrated leadership in their community. We will also be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of California Youth Connection’s (CYC) San Francisco Chapter.

posted 4/5/13


bullet 2011-2012 Mentoring School Sites include

  • Elementary Schools: Bret Harte, GW Carver, Dr. William Cobb, El Dorado, Fairmount, John Muir, Malcolm X, Paul Revere, Rooftop, Rosa Parks, Sheridan, Tenderloin
  • Middle Schools: Aptos, Bessie Carmichael, Buena Vista/Horace Mann, James Denman, Everett, Francisco, AP Gianni, Herbert Hoover, ISA MS, Martin Luther King, James Lick, Marina, Presidio, Roosevelt, Visitation Valley
  • High Schools: Academy of Arts & Sciences, Hilltop, ISA HS, Mission, O’Connell, Thurgood Marshall, SF International, SOTA

bullet Foster Youth Services End-of-Year Celebration 

Join us May 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the achievements of our foster youth and appreciate those that support their needs. Youth awards will include laptop computers and full scholarships to attend a CYO summer camp session. Caregiver/service provider nominations are due May 9, 2011.

Event details and nomination form | CYO summer camp brochure (pdfs)

posted 5/3/11

bullet Awards Ceremony for Foster Youth and Supportive Adults

Help us celebrate on May 20 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. all the people who help make a difference in the lives of youth.   Youth and adult nominations are due by May 11, 2011.

Event details and nomination forms (pdf)

posted 5/3/11

bullet Foster Care Benefits Extended To Age 21
The Governor has signed a monumental piece of legislation extending Foster Care benefits and services to age 21.  Read Assembly Bill 12 Provisions

posted 9/30/10

bullet Guardian Scholars’ Summer Academy
The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Guardian Scholars’ Summer Academy is a program designed to prepare students for a smooth transition from high school to college.  The program provides free tuition, books, and supplies.  Social and career exploration activities will also be offered.  With enthusiasm and a six week commitment, students can gain high school and college credit as well as valuable tools for success. View Guardian Scholars’ Summer Academy brochure.

bullet Orientation Oct. 13 In Support of Foster Youth
Interested in learning more about supporting foster youth?  Join us on Oct. 13 at 5:30 for an orientation to answer your questions.  Light dinner will be served.  Download flier (pdf).

posted 10/4/10

bullet New SFUSD FYS Mentoring for Success Program!
We are pleased to announce that SFUSD recently received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, to mentor SFUSD foster youth.  Our goal is to begin program activities in January 2010 and serve 135 foster care youth in 27 schools over a three year period.  For the first year of implementation, ten schools have been selected to begin the Mentoring for Success Program.  The ten schools include:

Bret Harte Elementary
Rosa Parks Elementary
Willie Brown Academy
Visitation Valley Middle School
Everett Middle School
International Studies Academy MS
International Studies Academy HS
Mission High School
Thurgood Marshall High School
Civic Center Secondary

bullet Free Dinner and a Movie! (pdf)
Interested in learning more about foster youth?
Join us April 13 for an overview of our “Foster/Adopt Our SF Youth” Campaign."

bulletOur Community, Our Children” Foster/Adopt Recruitment Campaign

FYS is excited about a new collaboration that began this year with SFUSD, the Human Services Agency and Foster Family Agencies in San Francisco. Our goal is to increase school stability for our San Francisco foster youth through reaching out to four targeted school sites and their communities. The district community as a whole is committed to recruiting permanent supports for identified youth. It is a proven fact that youth in stable homes do better in school.
 
How You Can Help?
Our School-Based Recruitment Campaign has embraced the slogan: “Be the One or Find the One”. If you know of anyone who is interested in helping to support a San Francisco foster youth you can refer them to our office or an upcoming orientation.

ORIENTATION DATES

5:30pm-8:00pm (5:30p.m. Light Dinner; 6:00-8:00p.m. Orientation)

  • February 25th
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 350 Girard St.
  • March 25th
    Everett Middle School (w/Spanish-Speaking), 450 Church St.
  • April 22nd
    Visitacion Valley Middle School, 450 Raymond St.
  • May 27th
    International Studies Academy (w/Spanish-Speaking), 655 De Haro St.

Below are examples of ways someone can help:
 
Be the permanent family                                                         
•Adopt  a Foster Youth
•Become a Legal Guardian

Provide a stable, caring home
•Become a Foster Parent
 
Provide a supportive community
•Serve as an Educational Surrogate
•Provide Respite Care
•Provide Back-up Childcare
•Mentor
•Donate Items  
•Join the Team 
•Spread the Word… Be the One or Find the One!
 
 San Francisco Recruitment Information Line: (415) 558-2200

Posted 2/12/10

SFUSD FYS students earn laptop computers!

Students that completed 45 hours of FYS tutoring services through Learning Ladder, Inc. earned a laptop computer to further develop their computer literacy skills. 

Posted 8/17/09

 

Foster Care Legislative Updates

 

 

 

 

Foster Youth Services  
 

Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentStudent Support Services Department - San Francisco Unified School District