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Economic Security
This resource is JBAY’s main informational page geared toward current and former foster youth interested in receiving the California Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC). It’s updated throughout the year with seasonal information aimed at helping youth prepare to file, and file their taxes.
Last Updated Feb 27, 2024
Education
During the 2023/2024 academic year, JBAY hosted a community of practice for colleges that did not have any programming in place for foster youth prior to the implementation of NextUp. This page makes the recordings from these events available. Presentations topics include Top Ten Things to Know About NextUp; Dependency 101; Leveraging Community Partnerships; and NextUp Case Management, Programming and Interventions.
Last Updated Feb 9, 2024
Education
|Webinar
This webinar was delivered as part of a Community of Practice hosted by JBAY and the Community College Chancellor’s Office for colleges newly funded to create NextUp programs in 2023. This webinar featured a representative from Reedley College and the former NextUp Coordinator from Orange Coast College who shared about considerations for providing case management and other programming for NextUp students.
Last Updated Feb 9, 2024
Housing & Homelessness
|Webinar
This resource provides the slide decks and recordings from bi-weekly coalition calls hosted by JBAY. This coalition was formed in 2024 to protect foster youth in the 2024-25 state budget after the Newsom Administration proposed the elimination of two vital housing support programs for current and former foster youth.
Last Updated Feb 15, 2024
Housing & Homelessness
|Fact Sheet
The 2024-25 California state budget proposal released by the Newsom Administration in January eliminates the $13.7 million ongoing investment in the Housing Navigation and Maintenance Program (HNMP). HNMP is the only designated funding for housing navigation and services for the more than 1,300 former foster youth with federal Housing Choice Vouchers. This fact sheet provides additional information about this funding and its proposed elimination.
Last Updated Jan 29, 2024
Housing & Homelessness
|Fact Sheet
The 2024-25 California state budget proposal released by the Newsom Administration in January eliminates the $18.8 million ongoing investment in the Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) Housing Supplement. The SILP Housing Supplement, which will take effect in 2025, will provide more than 3,000 youth in foster care age 18-20 with additional funding to help them afford housing. This fact sheet provides more information about the funding and its proposed elimination.
Last Updated Jan 29, 2024
Housing & Homelessness
|Publication
This publication, designed for NextUp programs, provides an overview of California’s child welfare system including key terminology. It also includes an FAQ regarding NextUp eligibility.
Last Updated Jan 29, 2024
Housing & Homelessness
|Publication
John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) works to improve the quality of life for youth in California who have been in foster care or homeless by advocating for better laws, training communities to strengthen local practices and conducting research to inform policy solutions. Learn more in JBAY’s 2023 annual report, which highlights the progress made in each of its core areas. This progress includes new state investments for youth, hands-on assistance to partners across California, high quality research publications and direct assistance to 1,600 young people when they need it most.
Last Updated Jan 29, 2024
Education
|Publication
This tool provides screen by screen instructions for completing the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for youth who have been in the foster care system or are unaccompanied homeless youth.
Last Updated Jan 12, 2024
Economic Security
|Fact Sheet
This one-pager educates and informs professional tax preparers about the California Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC). Providing tax preparers with this one-pager will ensure they do not miss the FYTC when assisting an eligible young adult with filing their taxes. This can be printed out or pulled up on a phone or computer by young adults who choose to visit paid tax preparers or VITA sites not specializing in serving current and former foster youth.
Last Updated Jan 10, 2024
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