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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Watch this video of Rob Scheer talk about his non- profit Comfort Cases which has a mission similar to our own Luggage of Love program. Youth Empowerment Siskiyou’s Luggage of Love program concentrates on serving foster youth right here in Siskiyou County. Luggage of Love gives youth entering foster care a comfort bag. Our comfort…Read More
“Today is the beginning of the end of juvenile imprisonment as we know it,” said Governor Newsom in a statement published Jan 22, 2019. “Juvenile justice should be about helping kids imagine and pursue new lives — not jumpstarting the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The system should be helping these kids unpack…Read More
Click the link above to listen to the podcast! Can you imagine aging out of foster care during Covid-19? These young adults have to find somewhere to live and provide for themselves during an Pandemic. Some have no safety net or family. Listen to Rob and Dana of the Fostering Change Podcast talk with Whitney…Read More
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved moving forward with a pilot program providing foster youth from the ages of 21-24 years old with a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 per month. This would be the first program of it’s kind in the United States. The pilot program is scheduled to run from…Read More
This short film by Left Turn Productions depicts both a foster child’s and CASA volunteer’s experience with the system. After watching, you will have a broader understanding of a CASAs role in the foster child’s case. Of course, all cases are different and all children are different. We take into consideration a volunteer’s experience level…Read More
The L.A. Times published an OP-ED about several negative effects that closing group homes has led to. Click here to read the article. As states and counties endeavor to keep at risk children safe, they make course corrections based on past problems. With each policy change new issues arise with the very systems developed to…Read More
We are awaiting the release of guidelines from the CDC and the Caliornia Department of Public Health. While we want to do everything we can to offer some form of camp this summer we want to ensure the safety of our campers and staff. We will know more about our camp plans in mid June.…Read More