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Education
|Tools and Toolkits
The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; JBAY has assembled a variety of resources that help take the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Tools and Toolkits
JBAY, in partnership SchoolHouse Connection, developed this toolkit for high school counselors as they support students experiencing homelessness with completing the FAFSA/CADAA. The toolkit includes tip sheets, a FAFSA/CADAA screening tool for homeless and foster youth, a timeline for financial aid and college applications, a sample Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Determination Letter, and frequently asked questions high school counselors may encounter.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Tools and Toolkits
JBAY, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, developed this toolkit for high school counselors as they support foster youth complete the FAFSA/CADAA. Items in this toolkit include a Foster Youth and FAFSA/CADAA completion tips sheet, commonly used child welfare terms, and frequently asked questions high school counselors may encounter.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Fact Sheet
The California FAFSA/CADAA Challenge for students experieicing homelessness, led by JBAY in partnership with SchoolHouse Connection and the California Department of Education (CDE), is a statewide campaign to increase the number of homeless students who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that they are accessing financial aid. This page contains select resources designed for homeless education liaisons within County Offices of Education (COEs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and individual high schools to support the FAFSA/CADAA Challenge.
Last Updated Sep 29, 2022
Education
|Fact Sheet
The 2021-22 California state budget includes ongoing funding to address community college student basic needs. Provided below is an explanation of the pertinent provisions of the 2021-22 State Budget bill (AB 128/AB 129), which appropriated these funds and associated trailer bill language included in AB 132.
Last Updated Jul 22, 2022
Education
|Fact Sheet
The 2022/2023 budget bill included funding for campus support programs for foster youth across all three public postsecondary systems. Language governing these programs was included in AB 183, the higher education budget trailer bill.
Last Updated Jul 21, 2022
Education
|Webinar
This webinar highlighted the empirical basis for two federal bills that are designed to remove barriers to college for youth who have experienced homelessness and foster care: the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2022 (HEASHFY) and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act. Leading researchers shared how existing research supports the efficacy of the provisions included in the bills and next steps to move these important pieces of legislation forward.
Last Updated Jul 20, 2022
Education
|Webinar
This webinar, hosted by Schoolhouse Connection, John Burton Advocates for Youth and the Youth Law Center was led by young people with lived experience in the foster care system and with homelessness and highlighted the need for: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act, The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act, Helping Foster and Homeless Youth Achieve Act, and The Fostering Postsecondary Success for Foster and Homeless Youth Act.
Last Updated May 12, 2022
Education
|Webinar
To address low rates of college completion among foster youth, the California legislature adopted Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), which requires child welfare and juvenile probation agencies to indicate in the case plans of all foster youth ages 16 and older at least one designated support person who will assist them with college and financial aid applications. This webinar explored best practices for implementing SB 12 requirements and increasing foster youth postsecondary success. Webinar panelists included representatives from the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services, and a young adult with lived experience in foster care. The webinar highlighted new resources, including guidance and checklists for education-focused Child and Family Teams (CFTs) and training curricula for social workers, probation officers, and caregivers on supporting foster youths’ college and career aspirations.
Last Updated Apr 12, 2022
Education
|Webinar
This webinar highlights recommendations from JBAY’s new report and features several college staff and housing services providers, who share how they have partnered together to provide unique solutions to the rising numbers of homeless and housing insecure college students.
Last Updated Apr 6, 2022
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