How do I contact the Statewide Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison?
Kathleen Casela has an extensive history advocating and promoting awareness of issues impacting foster and other at-risk youth populations. Kathleen began her career as a direct service provider, working with homeless and other at-risk youth through Larkin Street Youth Services and the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program. Kathleen most recently served as a key consultant to a statewide effort to address mental health stigma and discrimination reduction in California.
Kathleen has been an active participant in several committees, both locally and statewide, highlighting challenges foster youth face in education, employment, accessing health/mental health services and housing. She has been an active member of Honoring Emancipate Youth, Co-Chair for the Transitional Youth Task Force, member and ally for the San Francisco California Youth Connection Chapter, Board Member for California Youth Empowerment Network and developed the Foster Care Alumni of America Bay Area Region.
Kathleen has experience in project management, coordination, facilitation, and policy and curriculum development. Kathleen’s knowledge, expertise and personal lived experience as an emancipated foster youth has allowed her to utilize her voice for making a positive change within the system. She is passionate about foster youth and desires to make a systemic impact for all foster youth to attain a college degree.