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Current FYSI Events and Training Opportunities

The following is a list of Events and Training Opportunities for FYSI Liaisons on campuses that are working to support foster youth students. These are professional development and networking opportunities designed to increase the capacity of FYSI Liaisons across the state.

Upcoming FYSI Orientation Webinars: FYSI Liaisons play a vital role in the lives of current and former foster youth on community college campuses. The FYSI Liaison Orientation Webinar will provide an overview of the history and mission of FYSI, highlight roles and responsibilities of the FYSI Liaison, and share valuable resources and tools from the FYSI Training Manual. A FYSI Liaison representing a community college campus will also join to share their experience of working directly with students.

Upcoming Regional Meetings and/or Calls: If you are a FYSI Liaison on your campus, please be sure to attend or tune into the Regional Call or Meeting scheduled by your Regional Representative. The calls and meetings are an opportunity to receive important updates and information, as well as troubleshoot problems together.

  • Region 2 Call: Tuesday, August 14. Please contact the Region 2 Representative, Flo Charlie, for more information.
  • Region 3 Call: Monday, August 6. Please contact the Region 3 Representative, Jessica Boyle, for more information.
  • Region 4 Call: Wednesday, August 22. Please contact the Region 4 Representative, Katy Fitzgerald, for more information.
  • Region 6 Call: Tuesday, August 28. Please contact the Region 6 Representative, Fidelia Flores, for more information.

Upcoming Regional Drive-In Events: Regional Drive-In Events are designed for FYSI Liaisons and their local community partners in a spirit of collaboration to support foster youth pursuing higher education.

  • Please check back later for upcoming regional drive-in events

Past FYSI Events and Training Opportunities

Webinar: New FYSI Liaision Orientation, Click to view recorded webinar (February 1, 2018): FYSI Liaisons play a vital role in the lives of current and former foster youth on a community college campus. The New FYSI Liaison Orientation will provide an overview of the history and mission of FYSI, highlight roles and responsibilities of the FYSI Liaison, and share valuable resources and tools from the FYSI Training Manual. FYSI Liaison Guest speaker Vance Edwards from Butte College shares information about the Guardian Scholars Program. Please click here to view the PowerPoint slides.

Webinar: CalFresh for Current and Former Foster Youth, Click to view recorded webinar, presented by John Burton Advocates for Youth (November, 2017):
This webinar provides information to staff on college campuses about CalFresh eligibility for foster youth students, including how to count income, how to define a household in shared living arrangements, special exemptions, and how staff can support students during the application process. Click here to view slides.

FYSI CONNECT (October 18, 2017 Los Angeles, CA): This Statewide Convening for all FYSI Liaisons, will present opportunities for FYSI Liaisons to: connect foster youth students to financial aid and other important services, connect with statewide FYSI partners to learn about resources, and connect with each other to exchange ideas and best practices. Click here to download the participant packet (pdf).

Blueprint Conference, presented by John Burton Advocates for Youth (October 16-17, 2017 Los Angeles, CA): This dynamic event combines meaningful networking opportunities with in-depth workshops presented by professionals with a passion and aptitude for supporting foster youth. October 16-17, 2017 at Sheraton Gateway LAX. For more information and to download presentations click here.

Webinar: On-Campus Support & Resources for Foster Youth in College, Click to view recorded webinar, presented by John Burton Advocates for Youth (March 9, 2017):
This web seminar featured Deborah Pruitt with John Burton Advocates for Youth, Jessica Smith, the Statewide FYSI Liaison with the Foundation for California Community Colleges; Kalynda Webber McLean, Dean of Student Success at Pierce College; and Kizzy Lopez, the Renaissance Scholars Program with CSU Fresno. Attendees learned about the support and resources available to current and former foster youth on college campuses, including the various types of campus support programs, priority enrollment, student housing, tutoring, counseling and mentoring.

Webinar: Data to Promote Foster Youth Success, Click to view recorded webinar (April 20, 2016): Increasingly colleges are recognizing the value of using data to inform the design of programs in order to ensure that resources are leading to desired outcomes. Collecting accurate data on foster youth attending the community college system is critical and directly impacts potential resources available to support FYSI program. Come learn about tools to access and gather data, and how this can be used to inform FYSI programs and services.
Guest Speaker: Debbie Raucher, California College Pathways