Braid Volunteer Resources

College Resources

College and Career Bound: A Planning Guide for 9th-11th Grade Students in Foster Care - This is designed to equip 9th-11th grade students with experience in foster care to achieve their college and career goals. Even if your youth was not in care after age 13, this guide is full of useful information for thinking about the college and preparing to apply.

College and Career Bound: A Planning Guide for 12th Grade Students in Foster Care - This guide is designed to equip 12th grade students with experience in foster care to achieve their college and career goals. Even if your youth was not in care after age 13, this guide is full of useful information for college applications.

Ashly Chavez Presentation

Ashly Chavez, a recent college graduate and first-generation college student, worked with Braid during the summer of 2022 to identify resources to help our volunteers be informed and supportive as they help our youth think about college. Below are resources from her workshop, including videos from her presentation.

Below are a set of resources to inspire conversations about financial aid and locating programs locally and regionally for foster youth.

Activities & Resources for Outings

This list of resources is designed to inspire and support successful Bay Area outings for your teams and youth. The list includes a crowdsourced spreadsheet of ideas, and a handy Google Form you can use to add to this list. The required Braid Driver Form is here too, for anyone using their car for transporting youth.


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  Educational Resources


Free Online STEM Courses for Youth

Free online courses are offered and are available to Braid youth through Juni Learning, an online platform where kids 7-18 years old can learn real-world skills and solve real-world problems. 

  • Juni’s courses focus on critical STEAM topics, like coding, investing, math, and more. 
  • Juni is offering free on-demand memberships to interested Braid youth, which gives them full access to the online courses and support. 
  • The courses involve short video presentations followed by a project, so they could be a great way for volunteers to engage with youth virtually. 
  • If you think your youth might be interested, please let us know, and we will get them signed up (with caregivers’ permission). They just need an email address. 
  • Learn more about the course offerings: Juni Learning 


Ride Share Reimbursement Policy

Braid is able to help with costs when teams need to use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft to comply with the requirement that two adults are present with a young person at all times. 

  • Because of budget constraints, we can only reimburse rides that involve transporting a young person (not your personal transportation to/from outings). 
  • If you have an eligible expense, please email your receipt to rachel@braidmission.org along with the name of the young person who was being transported. 
  • If it is your first time requesting reimbursement, please also send your Venmo or PayPal handle.

Mental Health Resources

Let’s Talk About It: A Graphic Guide To Mental Health is a lively and educational 24-page comic book created for middle and high school students that destigmatizes the conversation around mental health. Created by mental health experts, educators and cartoonists, this comic provides knowledge and resources for students to help them be healthier and more resilient. The PDF version is available on our Google Drive.

Financial Literacy Resources

Adulting 101: A Personal Guide to Finance covers the basics of personal finance including how to open a bank account, understanding your paycheck, creating a budget, building credit, the importance of saving, how to navigate car loans and student loans, filing taxes, insurance, and how to talk to your family about finances.

Youth Summer Job & Internship Opportunities

Jobs/Internships Flyer - This resource prepared by students at the University of San Francisco includes more information about:

SOAR for Youth Summer Academies

Intensive one-week residential academy and ongoing academic support for rising 7th-9th graders who are in foster care/kinship care

Grace Cathedral Racial Justice Youth Pilgrimage

For high school youth. Full scholarships available. Contact Chris or Rebecca to learn more.

Yosemite Paid Internships (ages 18-24)

16-week entry-level employment positions in Yosemite National Park's Youth Employment Program at Evergreen and Rush Creek Lodges.

Hack the Hood Hustle and Build Summer 2024 Program

Coding skills for youth ages 14-25

Catholic Youth Organization overnight camps

Thank You Volunteers!