2019 Foster Youth Summit
A Community Conversation: From challenges to success and programs to policy
Join United Way California Capital Region, local universities and colleges, for the first Foster Youth Summit on April 5, 2019 at Sacramento State.
During this public forum, nonprofit service providers, state and county foster youth advocates, school districts, foster youth and other supporters will identify opportunities to increase the number of foster youth who graduate from high school and go on to complete post-secondary education.
The summit will feature a deep dive into community level data, a foster youth panel on the real-world implications of the data, keynote speaker Jennifer Rodriguez J.D. the Executive Director of Youth Law Center and who is also former foster youth, and breakout sessions. The Summit will culminate with a report out on proposed strategies for how we coordinate services and resources to achieve better outcomes for foster youth aging out of the system in our region.
About keynote speaker Jennifer Rodriguez J.D
Jennifer Rodriguez, J.D., is Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC), advocating to transform foster care and juvenile justice systems across the country so youth can thrive. Jennifer spent many years of her childhood in foster care and juvenile justice facilities, and has spent most of her life advocating to ensure justice, compassion and opportunity for system involved youth.
Jennifer’s advocacy has resulted in significant national policy, practice and culture changes around the fundamental needs of youth and formally including system involved youth as part of all policy processes. Jennifer’s leadership at YLC has a special focus on ensuring youth in both child welfare and juvenile justice receive the parenting necessary to heal and thrive and live in conditions that meet their developmental and emotional needs.
Before coming to the Youth Law Center in 2010, Jennifer served for eight years at the California Youth Connection, a nationally-recognized foster youth advocacy organization, leading efforts resulting in major legislative and policy accomplishments for California probation and foster youth, including stronger educational rights, higher education funding, increased funding for transition services, and promotion of normalcy and permanence for teenagers.
Jennifer received her G.E.D. from San Jose Job Corps, her B.A. from UC Davis, and her J.D. from UC Davis law school and is mother to two beautiful children.
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