Foster Youth Aligned Action Network
What is the Foster Youth Aligned Action Network (FYAAN)?
FYAAN formed organically in Fall 2017 in response to abysmal education and employment outcomes for Santa Clara County’s foster youth and the call for ad-hoc committees from the Joint Foster Youth Task Force. FYAAN is a collaborative of more than 30 organizations committed to achieving “general population” parity for foster youth in education and employment outcomes. Partners are listed below.
Our “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”
Beginning with the class of 2021, 50% of foster youth in Santa Clara County will earn $50,000/year by the age of 26.
How FYAAN Will Achieve this Goal
FYAAN members commit to working in deep collaboration to coordinate the delivery of support services to improve educational persistence and access to employment opportunities. FYAAN members also commit to gathering and using data to drive decision making. Specifically, FYAAN is working to create a powerful merged data set that supports real-time coordination by merging Foster Vision data, DFCS data, and data from partner community based organizations.
Data First: the FYAAN grounds its work in data and seeks to ensure all decision are rooted in the highest quality of data available. We do not sacrifice data that is good enough to support progress in pursuit of the prefect data set. Further, we seek measure the results of our work in quantifiable ways that make use of existing data sources.
Solutions and Results Focused: the FYAAN focuses its energy and approach on achieving measurable results. We seek solutions to difficult problems; when solutions are suggested by a FYAAN member, no matter how difficult they may appear to be to implement, they will be explored in good faith. Further, we avoid becoming bogged down in the who and the how of the status quo, and we do not assign blame. Nor, do we draw lines in the sand. We steadily and intentionally focus our efforts on achieving the outcomes that matter most for young people.
Inclusion of Youth Voice: the work of the FYAAN and of its member organizations is informed, and to the greatest extent possible, led, by youth who are experiencing or who have had contact with the juvenile justice system. We are ready and willing to adapt our structures, processes, and practices to ensure we conduct our business in a manner that supports the ability of young people to participate, and ensures they find an authentically receptive audience.
Ground in a Whole Person Approach: the FYAAN recognizes that young people do not exist in a vacuum, and often the circumstances that led to their involvement in the child welfare system are myriad and complex. Further, we acknowledge that youth in child welfare system may have experienced traumatic events before their entry into the system as well as during their time in the system. The FYAAN and its member organizations will strive to use trauma-responsive, healing-informed practices.
Prioritize Equity: the FYAAN does not shy away from addressing complicated, long-standing structural and institutional racism, discrimination, harassment, and biases that exist in and across systems, and which contribute to inequitable outcomes for children and their families.
- These JFYTF recommendations were presented to the Children’s Seniors and Families committee on September 18th, 2018. FYAAN’s recommendations are included in roughly 25% of these recommendation. In Objective 3, recommendation 16, support for FYAAN is explicitly recommended.
Santa Clara County Joint Foster Youth Task Force Final Recommendations
- These FYAAN recommendations jointly developed in Fall 2017 and were submitted to the Joint Foster Youth Task Force in November 2017
Foster Youth Aligned Action Network Recommendations to the Joint Foster Youth Task Force
|Co-Chair||Core Member||Community Partner A||Community Partner B||Referral Partner|
|Co-chairs are champions of the project, provide strategic oversight, and remove obstacles to progress.||FYAAN governance group. Full commitment to attendance, data tracking, and common assessments.||Committed to specific initiatives to support foster youth, and part of FYAAN governance (commitment to full attendance and engagement).||Committed to specific initiatives to support foster youth.||Willing to make foster youth and FYAAN concepts a deliberate part of the work.|
|Department of Family and Children’s Services||Francesca LeRue – Director||Co-chair|
|Santa Clara County Office of Education||Mary Ann Dewan – Superintendent||Co-chair|
|Silicon Valley Children’s Fund/TeenForce||Elise Cutini – Chief Executive Officer||Co-chair|
|Kids in Common – Opportunity Youth Partnership||Joe Herrity – Associate Director, OYP||Convener|
|Kids in Common||Dana Bunnett – Director||Core|
|Silicon Valley Children’s Fund/TeenForce||John Hogan – VP Career Services||Core & Key designee of Co-Chair Elise Cutini|
|Department of Family and Children’s Services||Marisela Martinez – Project Manager||Core & Key designee of Co-Chair Francesca LeRue|
|Santa Clara County Office of Education||Joann Vaars – Coordinator of Education Services for Foster & Homeless Youth||Core & Key designee of Co-Chari Mary Ann Dewan|
|Social Services Agency||Katie Hubner – Foster America Fellow||Core|
|Bill Wilson Center||Deryk Clark – Director of Youth Development||Core|
|Child Advocates||Karen Scussel – Executive Director||Core|
|The Law Foundation||Jennifer Kelleher – Chief Program Officer||Core|
|First Place for Youth||Emily Jensen – Regional Director of Programs for Northern California||Core|
|Office of Supportive Housing||Ky Le – Director||Core|
|Santa Clara Unified School District||Ben Gonzalez – Coordinator of Health and Wellness||Core|
|East Side Unified School District||Jenn Casel – Student Services Coordinator||Core|
|Uplift Family Services||Don Taylor – Senior Clinical Director||Core|
|Community Solutions||Lisa Davis – Chief Operating Officer||Core|
|California Youth Connection||David Kincaid – Chapter Chair||Core|
|San Jose Unified School District||Dane Caldwell-Holden – Director of Student Support Services||Community partner A|
|HomeFirst||Beatriz Ramos – Program Manager||Community partner A|
|The Silicon Valley Organization Foundation||Eddie Truong – Director of Government and Community Relations||Community partner A|
|Junior League of San Jose||Victoria Kroll & Marlene Zapata – Board Members||Community partner A|
|Silicon Valley Leadership Group||Paul Escobar – Director of Policy and Education Programs||Community partner B|
|City of San Jose||Israel Canjura – Supervisor Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force||Community partner B|
|Job Corps||Chris Allen – Deputy Director||Referral|
|San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School||Dorsey Moore – CEO||Referral|
|Opportunity Youth Academy||Phil Morales – Principal||Referral|
|DFCS Career Development Unit||Sovandy Hang – Employment Program Supervisor||Other Partner|
|Foster Youth in Action||Jamie Wang – Board Member||Other Partner|
|Gilroy Unified School District||Lisa Lorona – Program Administrator||Other Partner|
|Probation Department||Alex Villa – Manager||Other Partner|
|Public Health Department||Christine Rutherford-Stuart – Senior Healthcare Program Manager||Other Partner|