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1 CNUSD & Norco College: A Partnership to Improve and Expand Services for Foster Youth Through LCFF and LCAP Foster Youth LCAP Summit ● March 27, 2015 Dr. Milisav “Mike” Ilic, Director of Instructional Support, CNUSD Ms. Mary Grothem, Safety and Violence Prevention & Counselor, CNUSD Dr. Koji Uesugi, Dean of Student Services, Norco College Foster Youth LCAP Summit ● March 27, 2015 Dr. Milisav “Mike” Ilic, Director of Instructional Support, CNUSD Ms. Mary Grothem, Safety and Violence Prevention & Counselor, CNUSD Dr. Koji Uesugi, Dean of Student Services, Norco College

2 Our Model: Collaboration & Leveraging Resources Student CNUSD Riverside County Office of Education Community Partners Norco College

3 Why We Do This Work… Our Inspiration

4 It Takes a District: CNUSD’s LCFF and LCAP-Based Foster Youth Services

5 In California…  60,000 youth in foster care  4,360 foster youth in Riverside County (3 rd largest behind Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties)  48% female/52% male  10 years old (avg. age)  1.8 years in foster care  4,000 age out of foster care annually  60,000 youth in foster care  4,360 foster youth in Riverside County (3 rd largest behind Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties)  48% female/52% male  10 years old (avg. age)  1.8 years in foster care  4,000 age out of foster care annually

6 Foster Youth Life Outcomes by Age 24 Foster YouthComparison Group Ever homeless24%NA Currently employed48%74% Women ever pregnant75%40% Median income$8,000$18,300 Men convicted of crime59%10% Women convicted of crime28%2%

7 Compounded Disadvantages = Serious Delays % of students who scored at each of five proficiency levels at the California Standards Test in English Language Arts Slide Content: John Burton Foundation’s – “1023: SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

8 Percentage of Students Who Completed High School by 2010 Foster youth have the highest rate of high school drop-out, higher than students who are: Low SES Have disabilities. Slide Content: John Burton Foundation’s – “1023: SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

9 Foster Youth by School Level (CNUSD)

10 Low Income, English Learners, Foster Youth

11 LCFF Allocation Formula Base Funding Funds allocated by grade level spans, K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, plus add-on for K-3 & 9-12 All districts equal Supplemental Additional 20% of base grant Unduplicated count: Low Income (LI), English Language Learners (EL) and Foster Youth (FY) Concentration Additional 50% of base grant based on unduplicated count above 55% of district enrollment

12 8 Areas of State Priorities Must be Addressed in LCAP Areas of State Priorities Student Engagement Other Student Outcomes Parental Involvement Course Access Implementation of Common Core Standards Basic Services School Climate Student Achievement

13 MOTIVATE Make a connection to school Create a safe environment Teacher or other adult on campus Safety and Violence Counselor Activities

14 EDUCATE AB 216 AB 490 PBIS Tutoring

15 GRADUATE Foster Youth College Bound Day College and Financial Aid Summer Advantage Program

16 DateActivityLocationLead Group SeptemberFall Kick-Off (high school students)CNSUD District Office CNUSD OctoberSeniors and Caregivers Back-to-School Orientation (kick-off) Learning Center NorthCNUSD, NC, and RDPSS NovemberLife Skills WorkshopNorco CollegeTHRIVE DecemberHoliday FeastCNUSD District Office CNUSD JanuaryFoster Youth College Bound DayNorco College FebruaryLife Skills Workshop Topic: Making Healthy Choices Norco CollegeTHRIVE MarchTake Placement DiagnosticHigh School SitesNorco College AprilLife Skills WorkshopNorco CollegeTHRIVE MayEnd of Year Celebration (high school students) Seniors apply for EOPS CNUSD District Office CNUSD JuneSummer Advantage (graduating seniors) Norco College CNUSD – Norco College – THRIVE Activities

17 Loving and Caring Our Students: A High School Counselor’s Case Management Approach to Serving Foster Youth

18 Foster Youth Program  Pilot Project at Centennial High School  First Annual Foster Youth Orientation Fall 2008  Project went District wide Fall 2009  Added End of year Resiliency Celebration  RCOE joined partnership  High schools added “All Star” monthly meetings on each campus  Pilot Project at Centennial High School  First Annual Foster Youth Orientation Fall 2008  Project went District wide Fall 2009  Added End of year Resiliency Celebration  RCOE joined partnership  High schools added “All Star” monthly meetings on each campus

19 Foster Youth Program Evolves  4 year college tour added  Collaboration with Norco College  Foster Youth Success Committee Formed  Added Norco College Bound Day  Added holiday celebration  Added middle school event  Added Unity Forum  4 year college tour added  Collaboration with Norco College  Foster Youth Success Committee Formed  Added Norco College Bound Day  Added holiday celebration  Added middle school event  Added Unity Forum

20 Role of Counselor  Identify foster youth on their campuses  Mentor foster youth  Assess for needs – individual/group counseling  Help determine ILP eligibility  Encourage involvement with ILP and services  Help students connect with social worker  Identify foster youth on their campuses  Mentor foster youth  Assess for needs – individual/group counseling  Help determine ILP eligibility  Encourage involvement with ILP and services  Help students connect with social worker

21 Role of Counselor (continued)  Focus on barriers to graduation  Assess incoming 11 th and 12 th grade students for AB 216  Assist with school supplies – PE clothes, backpack, pens, paper, yearbook, senior activities  Focus on barriers to graduation  Assess incoming 11 th and 12 th grade students for AB 216  Assist with school supplies – PE clothes, backpack, pens, paper, yearbook, senior activities

22 Role of Counselor (continued)  Help foster youth prepare for parent visits  Help students post parent visits, especially for those where parent didn’t show  Show students a team of adults on campus and in the district that care about them and believe they can be successful - mentorship  Help foster youth prepare for parent visits  Help students post parent visits, especially for those where parent didn’t show  Show students a team of adults on campus and in the district that care about them and believe they can be successful - mentorship

23 Anecdotes- Our Successes  JM– came to Norco High School as senior, behind credits, AB 216 implemented, graduated, Summer Bridges, now second semester at Norco College  Centennial High – dependent female student from LA County came the end of senior year – placements unstable, frequent runner after 1 week in placements, Questioning youth, I made contact her first day, made connection, placement stabilized, assisted in locating services  JM– came to Norco High School as senior, behind credits, AB 216 implemented, graduated, Summer Bridges, now second semester at Norco College  Centennial High – dependent female student from LA County came the end of senior year – placements unstable, frequent runner after 1 week in placements, Questioning youth, I made contact her first day, made connection, placement stabilized, assisted in locating services

24 Successes (continued)  Pollard High School – since inception of our program, only three of the foster youth who attended there did not graduate.  Corona High – 2 sisters who with mentoring and our program graduated in 2012 and 2014 – first at UCLA in pre-med and second a peer advisor at Mt SAC with plans to go to UCLA for social work  Pollard High School – since inception of our program, only three of the foster youth who attended there did not graduate.  Corona High – 2 sisters who with mentoring and our program graduated in 2012 and 2014 – first at UCLA in pre-med and second a peer advisor at Mt SAC with plans to go to UCLA for social work

25 “On Their Own, But Not Alone”: Community Colleges as a Hub for Educational and Career Opportunities

26 Foster Youth Educational Outcomes

27 Percentage of Students Who Entered Community College by Slide Content: John Burton Foundation’s – “1023: SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

28 Community College Enrollees’ One-Year Persistence Rate. Slide Content: John Burton Foundation’s – “1023: SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

29 College Support Programs Work! Slide Content: John Burton Foundation’s – “1023: SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE”

30 Our Students are Powerful Beyond Measure  They are:  Intelligent  Resilient  Seeking for an opportunity to shine  We can assist by:  Providing a roadmap to get to their destination  Expecting their very best  Being that one person or one other person who cares  They are:  Intelligent  Resilient  Seeking for an opportunity to shine  We can assist by:  Providing a roadmap to get to their destination  Expecting their very best  Being that one person or one other person who cares

31 Foster Youth Support at Norco College  Nearly 200 students self identify as foster youth in FAFSA  Over 80 foster youth officially documented  Norco College was charged to respond to the needs  Foster Youth Success Committee convened  Focused on supporting foster youth to and through college  Nearly 200 students self identify as foster youth in FAFSA  Over 80 foster youth officially documented  Norco College was charged to respond to the needs  Foster Youth Success Committee convened  Focused on supporting foster youth to and through college

32 K-12 (CNUSD) CCC* (Norco College) Universities and Careers Support K-12 to CCC Pipeline Direct Support at CCC Facilitate Access to Universities/Careers * Over 9,000 foster youth attend community college, which makes it the ideal postsecondary hub to career/educational pathways. A Pipeline to College and Beyond

33 1. College and High School Connection Pipeline to College (CNUSD) Foster Youth College Bound Day 2012-Present Regular Communication (monthly meetings) 2011-Present

34 Foster Youth College Bound Day  Connected with Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) high school foster youth liaisons  Developed event to motivate and prepare foster youth to go onto college  high school students bussed to Norco College  Cost shared by CNUSD and Norco College  Connected with Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) high school foster youth liaisons  Developed event to motivate and prepare foster youth to go onto college  high school students bussed to Norco College  Cost shared by CNUSD and Norco College

35 Foster Youth College Bound Day Program Components Campus Resources Exposure to College Motivationa l Speakers Grade Specific Workshops

36 Grade-Level Specific Workshops Senior College application FAFSA assistance Summer Advantage Junior Community college options 4 year college options Sophomore College life Foster youth panel

37 “Norco College is a Foster Youth- friendly college.”

38 “I didn’t think that college was a possibility before today’s event.”

39 “I now believe that it is possible for me to go to college.”

40 2. Community Resources for College Students  Oak Grove Center: ILP service provider for Riverside County (THRIVE)  Serves youth at six sites  MOU with THRIVE  Life coach drop-in service at Norco College (now serves youth off site in Corona  Youth and student referrals to ILP workshops and county services  Oak Grove Center: ILP service provider for Riverside County (THRIVE)  Serves youth at six sites  MOU with THRIVE  Life coach drop-in service at Norco College (now serves youth off site in Corona  Youth and student referrals to ILP workshops and county services

41 3. Direct Services for College Students  Creation of Foster Youth Support Services  Identification through Financial Aid Office  Housed under Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS…available at every CC)  Committed group of individuals  Sought students’ input for services and support  Partnership with CCC FYSI  Submitted and awarded two foundation grants  Creation of Foster Youth Support Services  Identification through Financial Aid Office  Housed under Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS…available at every CC)  Committed group of individuals  Sought students’ input for services and support  Partnership with CCC FYSI  Submitted and awarded two foundation grants

42 Norco College Foster Youth Support Services (FYSS) EOPSFYSCCNUSDRDPSS EOPS: Extended Opportunity Programs & Services FYSC: Foster Youth Success Committee CNUSD: Corona-Norco Unified School District RDPSS: Riverside County Department of Social Services Foundation Support -Stuart Foundation -Career Ladders Project -John Burton Foundation

43 Foundation Partnerships  Stuart Foundation  $60,000 grant to support FYSS ( )  Career Ladders Project  $25,000 grant to support FYSS ( )  Technical support (ongoing)  John Burton Foundation  Laptops for eligible students  Textbook support  Stuart Foundation  $60,000 grant to support FYSS ( )  Career Ladders Project  $25,000 grant to support FYSS ( )  Technical support (ongoing)  John Burton Foundation  Laptops for eligible students  Textbook support

44 Stuart Foundation Grant Initiatives Improve Transition Increase Persistence

45 Improve Transition: HS Senior Pilot (CNUSD) Provide life and academic skills (Norco College and THRIVE) Prepare students for college course placement exam Diagnostic Intervention Assist with college application, ensure FAFSA completion, and identify for Summer Advantage Give priority for EOPS admission for fall Increase Persistence at Norco College In-reach to students enrolled at the college Connect them to existing services Provide a point of contact and drop-in center Leverage other resources Student Equity funds/EOPS/Financial Aid Faculty Training

46 1 st Annual Foster Care Awareness Month at Norco College Join Us on May 12!

47 Student Voices  Attending and completing college is extremely important because it not only proves to myself that I’m capable, but it allows me to show my family that I’m not like my parents. It shows them I control my future. - Norco College Foster Youth  Don’t let your past make you feel like you’re nobody. Be someone in life and prove to your family and yourself that no matter what you’ve been through, you could always move forward in a positive way. Let all the pain and struggles make you a stronger person. Education is the gateway to a better life. - Norco College Foster Youth  Attending and completing college is extremely important because it not only proves to myself that I’m capable, but it allows me to show my family that I’m not like my parents. It shows them I control my future. - Norco College Foster Youth  Don’t let your past make you feel like you’re nobody. Be someone in life and prove to your family and yourself that no matter what you’ve been through, you could always move forward in a positive way. Let all the pain and struggles make you a stronger person. Education is the gateway to a better life. - Norco College Foster Youth

48 Questions? Thank you for joining us Contact Information Dr. Milisav (Mike) Ilic – Ms. Mary Grothem – Dr. Koji Uesugi – Thank you for joining us Contact Information Dr. Milisav (Mike) Ilic – Ms. Mary Grothem – Dr. Koji Uesugi –


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