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FACT SHEET: Stimulus Checks

The first wave of stimulus checks went out this week to help young adults and families during this crisis. Check out the Foster Youth/Family Stimulus Check FAQs created by The LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative (LA OYC). 

Anyone who filed taxes in 2018 and/or 2019 will not need to fill out any additional documentation to receive this payment. If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, the IRS has provided a Non-Filers Form

You can track your check via Get My Payment on the IRS website and input your bank account information to receive your payment faster. 

Television Academy Summer Internship 2020

We are partnering with the Television Academy Foundation to provide full-time paid summer internship opportunities for current and former foster youth in LA County beginning mid- to late- June 2020. The internship is open to full-time college students pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree and interest in a career in the entertainment industry.  

 Applicants may pick one of the following focus areas: 

Anyone interest should contact Mitsu or Brisia - as applications are DUE IMMEDIATELY!

Mitsu Klines m.klines@kids-alliance.org or Brisia Gutierrez b.gutierrez@kids-alliance.org 

OUR RESOURCES LIST DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Open | Medical Assistant Internship

The AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) is seeking a medical assistance intern. The intern will gain first-hand experience working in a research laboratory for the Research Department. This role is appropriate for an individual considering working in the medical field as a Lab Technician, Medical Assistant, phlebotomist, etc. Youth interested in internship opportunity will need to apply through the generic portal and when interviewed can discuss what role they are interested in.
Apply | Location: Los Angeles | Contact: Cassie Woods Cassie.Woods@ahf.org


Open | Office Manager Internship 

The AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) is seeking an office manager intern. The Intern will build skills in office administration and management as they work closely with the Research Program Manager. This opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants to learn the skills necessary for supporting nonprofit operations. The experience gained with assigned responsibilities will be transferable to most future job opportunities. Youth interested in internship opportunity will need to apply through the generic portal and when interviewed can discuss what role they are interested in.
Apply | Location: Los Angeles | Contact: Cassie Woods Cassie.Woods@ahf.org


Open | Online Tutor

The tutor will provide academic support in the form of one-on-one or small group tutoring. They will also help the student comprehend subject material to successfully complete the course. This position will perform other related school activities in support of student engagement and retention.
Flyer | Contact: Ricky Michel rmichel@JVS-SOcal.org


Open | Employment at SoFi Stadium 

The Inglewood One Stop Business & Career Center are hosting information sessions for working at the new Inglewood SoFi Stadium. The opportunities include entertainment, retail, and security positions. 
Register | Flyer | Location: Inglewood, 90301 | Contact: (310) 680-3700 or StadiumJobs.SERV@sbwib.org


Open | Coronavirus Writing Project

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) will provide stipends of $350 to the first 20 current or former foster youth (between ages of 17 and 35) who submit reflections on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their education or employment/career training. Additional stipends may be available after FMC completes work on the first round of submissions. 
Flyer | Contact: Raquel Wilson raquel@fosteringmediaconnections.org


Open | Peer Professional Training & Placement

The Peer Professional Training & Placement program prepares people who are, or who have been, consumers of mental health services for roles in the public mental health system as employees or volunteers, able to support the recovery of others and transform our mental health systems through the skillful use of lived experience. They accept applications on a continual basis. 
Apply | Flyer | Website | Contact: Jason Garcia jgarcia@prpsn.org 562.310.1208 or 
Hortencia Piceno hpiceno@prpsn.org 323.594.5165


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES


The LA County Department of Mental Health will remain fully operational and open to their best of their ability. Clinics and drop-in centers will remain open to clients. They are also offering phone and telehealth services through HIPAABridge, a free mobile application that families and youth can download on their phone. 

The Project Return "Peer Support Network" is offering region based peer support and have a warm line for non-crises support. 


Hillsides TeleHealth Services 

Hillsides is offering virtual mental health services at this time. Interested participants will need either a computer or smart phone to participate. Services are also available in Spanish. 
Sign up | Contact: 323.274.3075


California Youth Crisis Line 

The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis.  

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Non-Tax Filers Form for Stimulus Check

If you did not file 2019 taxes, the IRS has provided a form that you may fill out to receive your stimulus check. 


Open | LA Young Creatives Fund 

In partnership with the Snap Foundation, The Mission Asset Fund started the LA Young Creatives Fund to offer financial support to artists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. LA County residents, ages 18-30, who work in creative fields may be able to receive a zero-interest, $500 loan with no payments due for the first 6 months in addition to an automatic $500 grant that doesn't need to be paid back. There are no restrictions on how the loan and grant can be used.
Apply | Website 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Low-Cost and Free Internet List 

The CA Department of Education has compiled a list of available low cost plans, including information to sign up for free internet access. 


Open | Free Cellphones and Laptops 

iFoster is providing free cell phones and laptops that can serve as hotspots to foster youth in CA and students that identify as homeless. 
Application | Website | Contact: phone@ifoster.org  


Open | Request a Laptop

If you are a current or former foster youth and are in need of a laptop for remote learning, One Simple Wish Foundation would like to assist you. 
Application | Contact: info@onesimplewish.org

 

BASIC NEEDS RESOURCES


LA County Covid-19 Food Portal 

LA Food Bank Locator

Map and List of LAUSD Free Meals Grab & Go Food Centers Map and List

Open | SoCalGas Gas Assistance Fund

If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying the gas bill, the Gas Assistance Fund may be able to provide you with a one time grant for the amount of the fas bill. 


Open | TAY Drop-In Centers

Drop-In Centers provide temporary safety and basic mental health supports for TAY who are living on the streets or in unstable living situations. Drop-In Centers provide environments in which TAY can make new friends and participate in social activities. They remain open at this time and providing services. 
Location: LA County

 

COVID-19 TOOLKITS & CHECKLISTS

LA OYC Youth Fact Sheet: COVID-19

The Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative has created a COVID-19 fact sheet to help youth stay educated during this pandemic.  
Contact: info@laoyc.org


LA RHEP Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Guide

The Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP) has developed an information sheet for young people in California foster care about how to obtain this critical healthcare during COVID-19. You can help them by sharing any resources you are aware of, as well as letting them know questions and issues that arise while we navigate this unprecedented time. If you have questions or would like to share more reproductive health resources, please contact LA RHEP Director, Lesli LeGras Morris at llegras@youthlaw.org.


Open | TAY Emergency Plan Checklist 

The Youth Law Center has created a checklist for dependency attorneys, youth providers, and advocates to help them create emergency plans for TAY in the foster care system. They share the important components of an emergency plan and suggest resources for meeting emergent needs. It aims to provide a starting point for dependency attorneys and other advocates working to assess client needs as this crisis unfolds.


Open | Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID19 

With the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus, ReadyRosie is developing this free toolkit as a resource to support families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care.Topics include Learning at Home, Prevention & Care, and Emotional Well-Being. 


OTHER RESOURCES

Open | Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster  Youth

Think of Us is hosting a monthly town hall for older foster youth to discuss how they are being affected by Covid-19. This town hall will also answer questions that youth have and provide a platform for youth to stay connected through this crisis. 


Open | Foster Youth & COVID-19 Research Study 

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania is conducting a research study on the experiences of older youth in foster care and those who recently exited foster care during the COVID19 pandemic related to housing, food security, education, employment, finances, health, and personal connections. Participants must be ages 18 through 23 and either in, or aged out of, foster care. Participation in this study involves taking an online survey (approximately 10 minutes to complete). All survey responses will be anonymous, and participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of twelve $25 Target gift cards.
Website


Open | A Sense of Home 

A Sense of Home (ASOH) creates first-ever home environments for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods. Empty walls, floors and rooms, once unlivable, are transformed into fully-furnished, functional and beautiful homes in less than two hours by a team of 12-24 volunteers. There is no age restriction for eligibility. However, to be eligible, recipients must be former foster youth and have secured an apartment/ home and the space must be the recipients’ first permanent home.
Sign Up | Website | Contact: Brianna Beyrooty 310.804.8998 youth@asenseofhome.org 


Open | Friends of the Children - LA 

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends L.A.) has open enrollment! They pair children, ages 4-6, or parenting foster youth with a salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) who stays by their side for 12+ years, no matter what. Friends help youth navigate life, building on their personal strengths and empowering families to access the resources available to them. They combine the strength our long-term relationships with the expertise of community service providers to meet the unique needs of each of program youth and their families. 
Flyer | Website | Contact: 213.378.0704

5/4 | GE Fast Track Program

Los Angeles Mission College is offering the GE Fast Track program to help students quickly complete the general education courses needed to graduate or transfer. Courses are offered in a 5-week period and can be completed in time for the Summer 2020 session. 
Register | Flyer 


5/31 | Beat the Odds Scholarship Program

The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds program honors outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. The program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders in adulthood. 
Apply | Flyer | Website | Contact: Cadonna Dory 213.355.8787 cdory@childrensdefense.org


Open | Chapters for Success Textbook Fund

Echoes of Hope is opening applications for their Chapters for Success Program to provide textbooks and software for current and former foster youth, low-income, and at-risk youth. Each semester students can qualify for up to $300 while funding is available.
Application | Flyer | Contact: nicole@echoesofhope.org

TRAINING / WEBINARS 


4/28 | Expanding Chafee Grant Access

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) will host a webinar to review the provisions of Senate Bill 150, walk through recommended best practices and share new guidance regarding bill implementation. All participants will receive a copy of JBAY’s new SB 150 Toolkit to support ongoing implementation. The toolkit has been designed to both assist college campuses to implement the law and to support other professionals to understand its provisions.
Register 


4/23 | Applying for Benefits for Survivors of Trafficking

This training, hosted by Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) will provide an overview of how to apply for lost income for CA human trafficking victims available through the CA Crime Victim Board. Applications could result in a check to your human trafficking client for up to $20,000.
Register | Contact Stephanie@castla.org


5/5 | Burton Book Fund 101

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) will host this webinar to cover the scope of the Burton Book Fund and new requirements for Bookstore and Campus Representatives. 
Register


Open | Virtual Service Provider Roundtable

This weekly Zoom roundtable will enable real-time information sharing between clinicians and service providers in hopes of promoting between clinicians and service providers in hopes of promoting meaningful dialogue to improve practices, expand available resources and access to services. Meeting ID: 251 650 179. 
Join | Flyer 
 

HOUSING LEGAL AID & SAFE PARKING RESOURCES


Together We Rise: Offering assistance for current foster youth who have been displaced due to colleges and universities closing. Youth will be asked for their social worker's information. 

Inner City Law Center: Potential new clients who are facing possible eviction at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse should email evictions@innercitylaw.org. Inner City Law Center will make every effort to reply to your email within two business days. Current Inner City Law Center clients should dial the main line at (213) 891-2880, dial the extension of the attorney or paralegal who is helping you with your case, and leave a voice message.

Shriver Project: Potential clients whose case is at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse can call (818)485-0576 or email ShriverSHpublic@nlsla.org (8:30am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday through Thursday; 8:30am-12pm Friday).  

Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles: Potential new clients should contact the Neighborhood Legal Services General Help Line at 1-800-433-6251. The help line is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Current Neighborhood Legal Services clients should contact the staff member who has been helping you.


Open | Westlake Safe Parking Program 

The Safe Parking Program in Westlake currently has openings. This lot offers a safe place to stay overnight in a gated parking lot, access to bathroom facilities, financial assistance, and access to a mobile laundry truck. They will receive referrals/case management from PATH for families and Homeless Healthcare LA for singles. 
Flyer | Contact: Christine 424.343.7752 


Open | Glassell Park Safe Parking Program

The Safe Parking Program in Glassell Park currently has openings. This lot offers a safe place to stay overnight in a gated parking lot, access to bathroom facilities, financial assistance, and access to a mobile laundry truck. They will receive referrals/ case management from PATH for families and Exodus Recovery for singles. 
Flyer | Contact: Christine 424.343.7752 

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