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Manager, Youth Development Services
925.942.3300


Administrative Assistant II
925.942.3300

Youth Development Services FAX
925.942.3490

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Foster Youth Services (FYS)

Youth Development Services has convened a county-wide group of foster youth advocates and professionals to plan for the unique needs of foster children in school in Contra Costa County. Utilizing a unique partnership, Office of Education Liaisons, located in Children and Family Services field offices in Richmond and Antioch, facilitate the prompt school enrollment of foster youth by tracking school records and assisting foster parents with the school enrollment process. Tutoring is provided to improve educational outcomes for foster youth living in group home placements.

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The Safe and Healthy Futures Program (SHFP)

The Safe and Healthy Futures Program (SHFP) is administered to San Pablo residents who attend Walter T. Helms Middle School and Richmond High School. The program provides a student and parent component. Student component: the program offers individualized youth meetings, curriculum based workshops focused on self-assessment, career exploration, pre-employment training, school readiness, and behavior management. Students also receive a paid work experience.

The program offers parent support workshops designed to help parents support their students to transition from middle school to high school and high school to college and/or career. Some of the topics covered include, A-G requirements, IEP's, FASFA applications, etc. The parent component is offered in English and Spanish.

 

WorkAbility I

WorkAbility I is a California Department of Education funded program that enhances the development of employment and transition skills for special education students. Students who have active Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and are attending County Office of Education Court and Community Schools are eligible to participate in the WorkAbility Program's pre-employment skills, interest assessment, paid internships and on-the-job training.

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Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Teen

Youth Development Services implements the in-school component of the Workforce Investment Act Program. Coordinators help students prepare for careers and/or post-secondary school, conventional training opportunities, and provide financial aid guidance. The program targets: 16-21 year old youth who meet the federal income eligibility guidelines; foster youth; and students who are eligible for special education services. Participants receive job internships, job shadowing, career assessments and subsidized work.

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Youth Development Services Contacts:
Manager, Youth Development Services Alejandra Chamberlain 925.942.3308
Administrative Assistant II Yvette Gamon 925.942.3300
925.942.3301
FAX   925.942.3490
 
Foster Youth Contacts:
Education Liaison, Foster Youth Services Beth Bottorff 925.942.3463
Education Liaison, Foster Youth Services
(Central/East County)
Carol Regalado 925.522.7563
 
WorkAbility I (Court & Community Schools) Contacts:
Youth Development Services Specialist I Lesi Valenzuela 925.942.3391
 
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Contacts:
Youth Development Services Specialist II Sharon Baugh 925.942.3313
Youth Development Services Specialist I Denise Clarke 925.942.3322
Youth Development Services Specialist I Leilani Villegas 925.942.3309

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Page updated on: October 03, 2014

Rev: 0.3-043014-BETA3