The 2010-2011 JLOEB New Member Project is a day of growth for Oakland area foster youth.
On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the 2011 New Member class of JLOEB will spend the day working with a group of 16 to 19 year old foster youth as they move along the path to independent adulthood.
The day will open with a kickoff session by the nationally renowned organization, Challenge Day. Junior Leaguers will then lead sessions on self advocacy, self presentation and self advancement. The training will include panel discussions on new laws affecting foster youth, skits on how to interview for an apartment and presentations on taking the next step on their path to independence. Foster youth attending the program will enjoy a continental breakfast and have lunch with inspirational local mentors. The day will close with a motivational speaker named David Faustina charging the group to go out and put the training to use. David will also work with the attendees on creating next steps during the self advancement session.
Bay Area foster youth are facing a crisis. According to Barriers Facing Foster Care Youth: National and Local Statistics About Emancipating Foster Youth, within 18 months of emancipation, 40-50% of former foster youth become homeless. Within 5 years, 50% of emancipated foster youth experience high rates of unemployment and 60% of former foster youth earn incomes substantially below the federal poverty level. 70% report wanting to attend college, only 10% attend and less than 1% graduates. JLOEB hopes that by the end of the program, the young adults will have learned fundamental skills to be their own self advocates and to confidently approach the path to living independently.
All Emancipation Preparation activities will take place at the headquarters of ILSP (Independent Living Skills Program) at 675 Hegenberger. JLOEB thanks its program partners Foster Youth Alliance (FYA) and the Be A Mentor organization as well as the mentors who have volunteered to share their experiences.