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Upcoming Events

Jan 31, 2023

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth, the California Franchise Tax Board, and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for a webinar focusing on the benefits of tax filing and credits for transition age youth, including the new Foster Youth Tax Credit ($1,083), the California Earned Income Tax Credit, the Young Child Tax Credit, education and renters credits, and more. Similar efforts to help foster youth file taxes in 2022 resulted in a 15% boost in youth’s annual income and an average tax return of over $2,500.

The 2022-23 state budget includes more than $21 million in ongoing funding to establish the California Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC), a refundable tax credit that aims to boost the income of and reduce poverty among current and former foster youth. The FYTC is a program of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a refundable tax credit funded with $1.2 billion that helps low-income workers and families. Parents of children younger than 6 may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit.

JBAY will release several publications including a tax filing guide, tax prep checklist, social media toolkit, an appointment scheduling link and more to help transition-age foster youth file for free and with support from dedicated IRS-certified volunteers. CDSS estimates there are 80,000 current and former foster youth ages 18 through 25 in California. Based on income, youth being claimed on someone else’s tax return, and tax filing rates, an estimated 20,000 youth will claim and receive the credit.

Feb 16, 2023

#RHEPCON23 will bring together an interdisciplinary community to share research, advocacy strategies, tools, stories, arts, and best practices designed to support the healthy sexual development of youth in foster care. Sexual and reproductive health intersects with and influences all aspects of the life of a young person in foster care, including their overall social-emotional wellbeing. No matter what sector you come from – education, workforce, housing, child welfare, health, or advocacy – knowing how to normalize and support the healthy sexual development of young people is an essential aspect of supporting them.

Past Events

Oct 26, 2022

Please join Anna Johnson from John Burton Advocates for Youth and the Alliance for Children’s Rights for a webinar. Child welfare advocates will provide a summary of the major child welfare budget allocations and bills that were signed into law in 2022 in this informative webinar. Panelists will share information about how these funding resources and laws will impact recruitment and retention of foster caregivers, the services and supports available to families and youth in the child welfare system, and more.

Nov 9, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) for a webinar on California’s Basic Needs Centers. As recent legislation requires all of California’s community colleges to develop basic needs centers, understanding the learnings from colleges at the forefront of this work is essential. This webinar will explore best practices and recommendations for the community college sector gleaned from John Burton Advocates for Youth’s year-long community of practice that included seven community college campuses across the state. The webinar and corresponding report will share insights that can serve as guideposts for developing a healthy infrastructure and strategic partnerships to effectively meet the basic needs of student populations. It will also feature experienced practitioners from Mt. San Antonio and San Joaquin Delta Colleges and highlight key recommendations to support the ongoing work of addressing college students’ basic needs to promote academic success and retention.

Oct 12, 2022

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth for a webinar discussing the recent policy changes and budget expansion of the Housing Navigation & Maintenance Program (HNMP), prompted by the goal of enabling counties to utilize HNMP to serve former foster youth with specialized federal Housing Choice Vouchers.

HNMP is administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to county child welfare agencies to provide housing navigators to assist youth with securing and maintaining housing.

The program previously served youth ages 18 through 21 and the priority population was current foster youth. As of July 1, 2022, the upper age limit was expanded to age 24, and the priority population was expanded to include former foster youth. The annual budget for this program was expanded in the 2022-23 state budget from $5 million to $13.7 million.

JBAY will be joined on the webinar by a representative from HCD to discuss these changes and provide a refresher on the steps counties must take to accept the funding. Attendees will also learn how counties can utilize HNMP to improve the provision of Family Unification Program (FUP) and Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Vouchers.

Panelists:

Simone Tureck Lee, John Burton Advocates for Youth

Andy Lomeli, John Burton Advocates for Youth

Jason Blair, California Department of Housing & Community Development

Sep 29, 2022

Please join us for these important sessions on tax credits that put money in the pockets of individuals experiencing homelessness and former foster youth. Opportunities for organizations and young adults to partner with IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) will be provided.

All working youth 18 years and older who are experiencing uncertainty with housing and/or aging out of the foster care system are cordially invited to attend a symposium to learn more about changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and their potential eligibility for this valuable credit. Information regarding IRS employment and volunteer opportunities will also be shared. Please register for the symposium using the link provided below. If you are unable to attend at the assigned time, you can review the recording at your convenience. It will be available for 30 days. However, you must register for the session to access the recording.

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