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Oct 28, 2024

2024 Blueprint For Success Conference 

The 2024 Blueprint for Success Conference will be a dynamic two-day event combining meaningful networking opportunities with in-depth workshops presented by professionals with a passion and aptitude for supporting foster youth to graduate college ready to thrive in the 21st century workplace.  

This year’s event will be held on October 28/29, 2024, in Los Angeles at the LAX Westin. The conference will feature breakout sessions, plenary sessions with keynote speakers, and networking opportunities, including a reception on the evening of October 28. 

In addition, eighty foster youth scholars will be selected to receive subsidized conference registration along with fully paid travel costs to attend the event. Scholars selected to attend will also receive training on networking, strategic sharing, foster care issues and education opportunities prior to the event.   

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Past Events

Apr 30, 2024

In 2023, JBAY, along with eight of California’s leading college affordability advocates, sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 789, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom. AB 789 requires post-secondary institutions, as a condition of participation in the Cal Grant program, to adhere to a common set of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards, remove additional requirements that are more restrictive than those federally mandated, and ensure students have clear pathways to regain financial aid.

This webinar will support financial aid offices in implementing the AB 789 provisions, which must be adopted by the start of the 2024-25 academic year. Attendees will learn about the new AB 789 requirements, identify strategies to create student-friendly, equity-based SAP policies and appeals processes, and receive resources and tools to update their institutional policies and practices.

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Apr 26, 2024

Turning Dreams into Degrees is a two-part training that equips caregivers, including STRTP staff and resource families, to prepare youth in their care for postsecondary education success. This 1-hour training will provide an overview of updates made to the curricula since December 2022. These updates will include information on the new FAFSA and changes to campus support programs as well as general updates made to the presentation materials. This training is intended for facilitators who are already familiar with the full-length training.

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Mar 22, 2024

Last year, just 6% of foster youth in LA County received the Foster Youth Tax Credit, which provides $1,117 to current and former foster youth who file their state taxes. The eligibility for this new tax credit is identical to the eligibility for NextUp.

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) and the Economic Security Project on Friday, March 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to learn what your NextUp program can do to make sure every eligible student on your campus gets this valuable tax credit.

At the training, attendees will learn about the Claim Your Cash Call Center Hotline (888-844-3276) established by LA County. At the training, attendees will learn about the Claim Your Cash Call Center Hotline (888-844-3276) established by LA County. This hotline provides free tax preparation and referrals to people who can provide high-quality tax filing assistance. Use of the hotline has previously been limited to county departments but is now being made available to NextUp campuses in LA County.

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Mar 14, 2024

Join JBAY every other Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to protect foster youth in the 2024-25 state budget by preventing the elimination of two vital housing support programs for current and former foster youth: The $13.7 million Housing Navigation & Maintenance Program and the $18.8 million Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Housing Supplement.

At the time of the call, attendees can use the Zoom link below to join, no registration required. To be added to the calendar invitation and receive agendas and reminders, please e-mail Simone Tureck Lee at Calls occur every other Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Link for Meeting Attendance