In addition to becoming a Braid mentor, there are a myriad of ways for you to support foster youth by getting involved with these other wonderful organizations—

Volunteer opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area

Edgewood Center

Edgewood Center supports youth and their families through life’s challenges with a full continuum of behavioral health services. Many of their clients are foster youth. They have many volunteer opportunities for local individuals and groups, including providing breakfast or dinner for their residential program, gardening, and leading recreational activities.

www.edgewood.org/getinvolved/volunteer/groups.html

Hatch

The mission of Hatch is to disrupt cycles of poverty and nurture parent-child relationships; transforming generations through economic opportunity, birth and parenting education and a community of support for and by young parents. Hatch provides birth and postpartum doula trainings and perinatal support to low-income young parents between the ages of 18 and 24. They are looking for volunteers to assist with social media, fundraising, event planning, on-going trainings, mentoring and outreach. They love having volunteers who are utilizing whatever they are passionate about as a volunteer, so they are always open to innovative ideas on how to get people involved.

www.thehatchcommunity.org | 510.250.2883

Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of San Francisco

The Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of San Francisco helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. SF ILSP works to ensure that all foster youth have the opportunity to experience a safe and supported transition from foster care. The services they offer are:

  • individualized employment and education case management
  • weekly independent living skills workshops
  • fun events, parties, field trips and college tours
  • permanency and family finding
  • intensive educational case management for high school students

www.sfilsp.org | Center Coordinator, Jenny Siegel: jsiegel@firstplaceforyouth.org

Foster Youth Services Program (FYS)

The San Francisco Unified School District’s Foster Youth Services Program (FYS) strives to address the unique educational needs of foster youth by working collaboratively with youth, caregivers, schools, placing agencies, and other service providers. The FYS Program focuses on five major goals:

  • Academic Enhancement
  • Educational Case Management
  • Supportive Adult Recruitment
  • Successful School Transitions
  • Professional Development

www.healthiersf.org | (414) 242-2615 | info@healthiersf.org

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps

San Francisco Unified School District Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is launching a program to support disenfranchised students (including foster youth) with the help of positive supports at school, and is seeking energetic San Francisco community members to join us! Help strengthen mentoring programs and support positive school climate. An excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience in SF public schools, you will coordinate programs and activities in partnership with School Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers, Community Members and Partners.

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities.

(414) 242-2615) | FarrellE@sfusd.edu | Complete application at: http://goo.gl/forms/Dc34NPDPq5 


Volunteer opportunities in California

California Youth Connection (CYC)

California Youth Connection (CYC) has many ways to get involved. CYC is always in need of additional supporters, chapter volunteers (these are individuals/groups that may support a chapter by providing a meeting space or food for meetings), event volunteers and individuals wanting to join their fundraising committee.

www.calyouthconn.org


Volunteer opportunities nationwide

CASAS (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASAS, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, work one-on-one with a foster youth to ensure s/he has every opportunity to develop into a healthy, successful adult. All the training and support you’ll need is provided and no special skills are required.

in San Francisco: www.sfcasa.org | (415) 398-8001
nationwide: www.casaforchildren.org

Foster Youth in Action

Foster Youth in Action (FYA) builds the skills of foster youth to organize and advocate for change. Through peer-to-peer leadership trainings, annual Leaders for Change conference, and coaching and assistance to supportive adults, their services also empower youth advocates to prepare for a successful future.

www.fosteryouthaction.org


Foster parenting and adoption in the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California

Human Services Agency of San Francisco

Human Services Agency of San Francisco
Website: www.sfhsa.org
Phone: (415) 558-2200

A Better Way

A Better Way
Website: www.abetterwayinc.net/foster
Phone: (510) 601-0203
Email: mail@ABetterWayinc.net

Alternative Family Services

Alternative Family Services
Website: www.alternativefamilyservices.org
Phone: (510) 839-3800
Email: cghee-young@afs4kids.org

Family Builders

Family Builders
Website: www.familybuilders.org
Phone: (510) 272-0204
Email: kids@familybuilders.org

Bill Wilson Center

Bill Wilson Center (Santa Clara County)
Website: www.billwilsoncenter.org/services/all/adoption.html
Phone: (408) 243-0222
Email:  bwcmail@billwilsoncenter.org


Foster parenting and adoption in California

California Department of Social Services

California Department of Social Services
Website: www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/pg123.htm

AASK (Adopt A Special Kid) of California

AASK (Adopt A Special Kid) of California
Website: www.aask.org
Phone: (510) 553-1748
Email: info@aask.org

EMQ Families First

EMQ Families First
Website: www.emqff.org/foster
Phone:  (877) 488-5437
Email: fosterparent@emqff.org

Foster parenting and adoption nationwide

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Website: www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad/?CWIGFunctionsaction=nfcad:main&CWIGFunctionspk=1
Phone: 800.394.3366
Email: info@childwelfare.gov