In the 2022-23 fiscal year, JBAY continued its mission with notable achievements. Funding was secured in the state budget to close the “unmet need gap” for foster youth attending college, ensuring they receive the financial support necessary for their education. Additionally, the team worked tirelessly to increase housing affordability, recognizing the vital role stable housing plays in the lives of young individuals.
One of JBAY’s key victories was the passage of Assembly Bill 789, removing barriers to financial aid for students like Elizabeth Clews. This legislation requires public colleges and universities in California to adopt federal standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress, providing a fair chance for all students to succeed.
In the realm of housing, JBAY collaborated with Assemblymember Phil Ting to increase the foster care rate for youth in Supervised Independent Living Placements (SILP) based on the local cost of housing. This policy adjustment ensures that young people like Yuki Huang have the means to live safely and pursue their educational aspirations.
JBAY’s impact extends beyond policy advocacy. The organization actively engages in technical assistance and training, research, and direct assistance to youth. The commitment to evidence-based solutions is evident in the 9 publications issued during the year, disseminated through webinars reaching over 3,700 individuals.
Direct assistance to youth through the Critical Needs and Opportunity Fund provided financial support to 1,598 young people, addressing their immediate needs across various categories such as education, transportation, housing, and more.
As JBAY looks ahead, the organization remains dedicated to the cause, continuing the legacy started by John Burton. The 2022-23 fiscal year was marked by significant progress, but there is much more work to be done. JBAY invites everyone to join in on this journey, contributing to the positive change they strive to create for foster and homeless youth in California. Learn more by reading the full annual report.