Tag Archives: foster youth

A Conversation With: Debbie Raucher

26 May
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John Burton Advocates for Youth, named for the former member of the California State Assembly and President Pro Tem of the State Senate, works to improve the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster and homeless youth through three areas: housing, health and education. As the organization’s education director, Debbie Raucher oversees all of the nonprofit’s programs related to education — the majority of which focus on supporting transition-age foster youth and those who have experienced homelessness to ensure...

Study finds foster youth face significant barriers in transitions to college

14 February
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California students in the foster care system face more significant barriers during their transition from high school to college than their peers and require tailored supports to overcome them, according to a recent study from the Educational Results Partnership and California College Pathways. Authors of the study analyzed outcomes of more than 4,000 California foster youth and over 621,000 of their peers from their 2016–17 academic year high school cohort. Foster youth included in the study experienced lower rates of...

New initiative helps foster youth apply for college financial aid

24 January
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Although 85 percent of California’s foster youth want to earn a college degree, only 8 percent will finish an associate or bachelor’s degree before age 26. A new initiative from John Burton Advocates for Youth, in collaboration with the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, is looking to change those numbers. The California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge’s main goal is to increase the number of high school seniors in foster care who complete the Free...

Partial credit for foster youth—a tool for LCFF success

9 September
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The Local Control Funding Formula affirms the state's commitment to provide additional resources to students with greater challenges, foster youth among them. Because students in the child welfare system often move from home to home and school to school, they frequently lose academic credits that can put them at risk of not graduating on time....