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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“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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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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“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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What is trauma-informed care? Summed up simply it is approaching services through the lens of “what happened to you?” rather than “what’s wrong with you?” Asking what has happened to someone when they come into services is encompassing, less victimizing and seeks to understand. The main purpose of approaching services with a trauma-informed lens is…

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June is LGBTQ Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, a tipping point for the Gay Rights Movement in the United States. The movement began under the leadership of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson and Storme DeLarverie. Today, celebrations attract millions of participants around the world, recognizing the significant impact that…

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Since Covid-19 is a new virus that scientists know very little about right now it feels like the information being released is ever changing. The American Academy of Pediatrics published an article about summer camp in the time of Covid-19. Information covered includes: camp safety, camp benefits and testing. If you’re concerned about your child…

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The ways in which trauma and PTSD may present themselves is dependent on the individual, their life history and personal experiences. Symptoms of trauma are exhibited on a spectrum ranging from subtle to disabling. Some people want to process their traumas while others may choose not to. This post is a very simplified description of…

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Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. (1) Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17…

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 1. Advocating is important to you. The children we serve are vulnerable and benefit from having someone in their corner with no other obligations or bias.   2. There are 22 foster children that are awaiting a CASA. Y.E.S. has been authorized to provide CASAs for these 22 foster children but we need you!  …

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