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Manager, Youth Development Services

Administrative Assistant II

Youth Development Services FAX

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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)


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
FAX   925.942.3490
Foster Youth Contacts:
Education Liaison, Foster Youth Services
(West County)
Beth Bottorff 510.231.8113
Education Liaison, Foster Youth Services
(Central County)
Beth Bottorff 925.602.9248
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 I Edmund Arnold 925.942.3363
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: August 27, 2015

Rev: 0.4-010514-BETA4