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Court-appointed special advocates help foster children navigate the overburdened juvenile dependency system and recommend services to meet each child's specific needs.

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Who Are We

Since 2004, our agency and dedicated CASA program volunteers have advocated for abused and neglected foster children, guided by the belief that all children deserve safe, loving and permanent homes. Since 2017, we have also facilitated a trauma-informed summer camp program benefiting local children exposed to domestic violence, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or other forms of family trauma.

Our agency was founded to support and advocate for foster children, and we maintain that commitment today. But as the summer camp program has continued to grow, our eyes have been opened to the great need for services for trauma-exposed and at-risk youth outside of the foster care system as well.

So we decided to make a change.

On October 1, 2019, our agency changed its name from CASA of Siskiyou County to Youth Empowerment Siskiyou and expanded our mission to be able to serve any youth age 0-25 who has been exposed to trauma, is in the foster care system or is at-risk.

During this time of transition, we sought guidance from other agencies in our community asking, “What would you like to see from us? How can we better serve our community?” What we heard in reply was that there was a need to serve all of our community’s trauma-exposed youth through a variety of programs supporting children and families outside of Court system involvement.

Our experience has been that even in the best-case scenarios, our children need more help than what the CASA program can provide alone. We want to broaden the services we provide, as well as who has access to these programs. We are confident that restructuring our agency will strengthen our CASA and summer camp programs, and also allow us to build new programs serving our community’s at-risk youth in the years to come.

Feedback from the community about the rebranding is welcome. Please contact us with any questions, compliments, suggestions, or concerns.

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Preventing Child Abuse

By Elizabeth Roberger | March 22, 2021 |

  You can find a lot of resources online on how to prevent child abuse. We have compiled a few actionable suggestions here for someone who wants to create change but might not know where to start. Help strengthen your community by donating or volunteering at organizations dedicated to helping children and families Being a…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Events 2021

By Elizabeth Roberger | March 4, 2021 |

Every April Youth Empowerment Siskiyou recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month. We will be displaying our “Pinwheels for Prevention” as well as hosting several events to raise awareness:   Virtual Auction: Bidding will be open April 1st-30th Virtual CASA Superhero Run: Run/hike/bike your race anytime between April 1st- 30th River Clean Up: April 24th Camp Kickoff:…

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Challenges Faced by Youth Experiencing Homelessness

By Elizabeth Roberger | February 9, 2021 |

Youth who “age out” of foster care or those who are experiencing homelessness can face tough barriers including:   Unstable housing  Lack of adequate elementary and secondary education Lack of employment and job training Problems with physical health, behavioral health, and general well-being Lack of access to health care Justice system involvement Lack of social…

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CASA Expands Reach to Juvenile Justice

By Elizabeth Roberger | December 9, 2020 |

Starting January 2021, our Court Appointed Special Advocates program is expanding services to reach youth in the Juvenile Justice system. To be an advocate for this youth community there will be an additional module of online training through CASA University as well as an additional in person (or on Zoom) class with our CASA Advocacy…

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New Study Examines Experiences of Foster Youth during Covid-19

By Elizabeth Roberger | December 9, 2020 |

The Field Center for Children’s Practice, Policy and Research released data from a new study done this past year on the effect the Covid-19 pandemic is having on youth in the foster care system. Key findings: 55% of foster youth reported that they were food insecure as a result of COVID-19 43% experienced a negative…

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We’re Moving!

By Elizabeth Roberger | October 27, 2020 |

That’s right! We are exited to announce that as of November 1, 2020 Youth Empowerment Siskiyou will be located at 907 Fourth Street in Yreka. The opportunity for ownership was brought to us by volunteer Rebecca Richman, who previously owned the building. It has taken most of 2020 to work out the details of even…

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What is the Mckinney-Vento Act?

By Elizabeth Roberger | October 20, 2020 |

The McKinney-Vento Act requires that state educational agencies provide youth experiencing homelessness the same access to free, appropriate public education. The McKinney – Vento Acts gives youth experiencing homelessness the Right to immediate school enrollment even when records not present Right to remain in the school of origin, if in the student’s best interest Right…

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What is a Youth Advisory Committee?

By Elizabeth Roberger | October 14, 2020 |

“Nothing for us without us.”   Nothing for young people without the input of young people. We believe youth should have a say in the way services are delivered by programs that claim to serve them. Especially because a lot of the youth we serve are currently in or have past experience in systems that…

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Helping Children Heal From Trauma

By Elizabeth Roberger | September 17, 2020 |

Help your child feel safe. Keep a regular routine for meals, playtime and bedtime. Encourage (don’t force) children to talk about their feelings.  Tell them it’s normal to have a lot of feelings, listen and let them know what happened is not their fault. Provide extra attention, comfort and encouragement. Younger children may want extra…

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Foster Youth More Likely to be Suspended from School

By Elizabeth Roberger | August 6, 2020 |

“Students who are suspended or expelled are more likely than their peers to have academic problems, drop out of school, and enter the juvenile justice system.”   Kids Data recently released a bunch of data regarding school attendance for the 2018-2019 school year.   Suspension Data by Foster Youth Status California  Foster Youth 151.1 per…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Virtual CASA Superhero Run

    April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

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