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Upcoming Events

Apr 12, 2023

Join us for a discussion of the 2023 priority legislation and budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year intended to provide additional support for children and caregivers served by our child welfare system.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, joined by California Alliance of Children and Family Services, California Coalition for Youth, California Tribal Families Coalition, Children’s Law Center of California, Children Now, County Welfare Directors Association of California and John Burton Advocates for Youth, will provide an overview of legislative and budget proposals promoting stability for youth in care. Panelists will discuss proposals supporting caregivers, young children, and older youth in foster care.

Apr 18, 2023

For Current and Former Foster Youth, Expectant and Parenting Youth, and Youth Experiencing or at-risk of Homelessness ages 18 and older. All are welcome to join us for a zoom event where you will file and have your tax questions answered in a private breakout room. Contact Anna Johnson (920) 471-8177, with questions.

Apr 25, 2023

During the Covid-19 pandemic several temporary or emergency measures were enacted to protect and promote the wellbeing of California’s transition-aged youth (TAY) experiencing foster care, homelessness, and those disconnected from work and school. This workshop reviews temporary policies including tax relief (stimulus and credits); direct cash transfers (cash cards for foster youth, educational financial aid, other emergency relief funds provided through philanthropic efforts); housing and rent relief (moratorium on exits from foster care, transitional and permanent housing investments); and access to technology and communications (internet, phone, and computer connectivity); and their status in becoming permanent concrete supports, vital to the economic, physical, and mental well-being of California’s Gen-Z.

Apr 26, 2023

College affordability has reached a crisis point with large numbers of students struggling to meet their basic needs. With basic needs centers proliferating across California’s postsecondary institutions, the need for collaboration across offices, in particular with financial aid, is paramount.

This webinar will present the findings from a report from John Burton Advocates for Youth highlighting opportunities for enhanced collaboration and coordination across financial aid and basic needs offices to better support college students in accessing the resources they need to succeed.

In addition to reviewing the report recommendations, the webinar will feature representatives from LA Pierce College and Stanislaus State who will share about innovative approaches to collaboration taking place at their campuses.

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May 25, 2023

Please attend an event featuring author and former foster youth David Ambroz on Thursday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

David will read from his memoir A Place Called Home. JBAY Executive Director Amy Lemley will interview David and moderate the Q&A.

The program will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing and reception.

The registration link will be available in April. Complimentary tickets will be available for youth and student attendees. For questions, please contact Jeffrey Lee at

Past Events

Mar 23, 2023

Public Law Center Federal Tax Clinic, in partnership with John Burton Advocates for Youth, will discuss tax basics to help taxpayers understand their rights and responsibilities with respect to the U.S. federal tax system, define a tax controversy, and highlight available resources.

Mar 7, 2023

College affordability is cited as the number one barrier to college completion among foster youth, with only 10% obtaining a college degree by the age of 23. New, groundbreaking research to be released shortly from the Urban Institute sheds light on how severe the affordability crisis is for foster youth, how the experience of these students differs from that of their peers, and whether additional financial aid can have a measurable impact on degree completion (spoiler alert – it does!).

A new bill from Senator Angelique Ashby and Senator Mark McGuire, Senate Bill 307, holds the promise of filling the gaps that foster youth face and dramatically improving education outcomes for students with experience in foster care.

This webinar will feature John Burton Advocates for Youth, the Urban Institute and Senator Angelique Ashby and will help you to better understand not only the challenges that exist, but also how you can be part of the solution.

Feb 28, 2023

Join the efforts to help foster youth boost their annual income with the new Foster Youth Tax Credit ($1,083)!

Topics Also Include:

  • Benefits of tax credits for transitional age youth
  • How youth can file for free with IRS certified volunteers
  • Get your questions answered during Q & A
Mar 9, 2023

The Center for Equitable Higher Education (CEHE) will host a webinar on Thursday, March 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST, in collaboration with Jovenes Inc. and John Burton Advocates for Youth, to explore the key components of College Focused Rapid Rehousing (CFRR) programs at public colleges and universities across the state as a response to student homelessness.

CEHE is conducting a three-year evaluation of eight California State Universities and two community colleges to better understand CFRR programs’ capacity to effectively implement the program as envisioned, the challenges and successes encountered, and the impact of the program on student outcomes.