MENTORSHIP ADVISORY BOARD ESTABLISHED
An active search for Foster Together Network (FTN) Advisory Council members began in September of 2022 with an eye to a variety of perspectives and voices to help guide the work.The first official meeting of the Advisory Board was held in Oct 2022 with 27 members: eight transitional-aged youth, eight non-governmental organization leaders, nine county department representatives, and two philanthropy leaders.
OCT 2022 – JUNE 2023:
The landscape analysis – completed in June 2023 – underlined the need to create a new organization to define and certify a standard of excellence, values and best-practices to all mentorship organizations and programs serving systems-impacted youth in Los Angeles County.
With the support, guidance, and planning of the Advisory Council, the Fostering Mentorship Connections: A Solutions-Focused Summit was held at the Japanese American National Museum. In attendance were 165 participants composed of representatives and leaders from the philanthropy sector, non-governmental organizations, county departments (i.e., DCFS, Probation, Department of Youth Development, Department of Economic Opportunity) and – best of all – current/former foster youth.
This amazing day full of interactive panels and group discussions yielded some great outcomes including the desire to create a coordinated mentorship-focused network for systems impacted in LA County through public/private partnerships. 100% of post-survey participants stated their interest in joining a County-wide network focused on mentorship for systems-impacted youth. Furthermore, 80% of post-survey participants shared their desire to focus on “Helping the Multiple County Departments Identify and Advocate for Mentorship [programs/initiatives] being Critical component to Improving Youth Outcomes.”
STRATEGIC PLAN & DIRECTION
Goal 1: Educate and Empower
Objective 1: Establish a youth-centered Los Angeles county-wide network of mentorship programs/initiatives serving system-impacted youth that facilitates mutual support among agencies, increases the adoption of proven best practices, and improves access to successful mentorship for system-impacted youth.
Goal 2: Explore Technology
Objective 2: Explore technology platforms that exist at a local, statewide, and national level that can be shared with the Los Angeles County Mentorship Network and other partners to improve mentorship programs/initiatives that serves system-impacted youth; promote adoption of most promising and proven technologic platforms with Network participants and Los Angeles partners.
Goal 3: Expand and Sustain
Objective 3: Secure commitments from the County departments to innovate and expand the capacity and availability of responsive mentorship services in Los Angeles County for system-impacted youth.
To become involved with the Mentorship Initiative and receive updates please contact Dr. Argelis Ortiz at DrOrtiz@socialimpactadvisory.com