With the support, guidance, and planning of the Advisory Council on April 26, 2023, the Fostering Mentorship Connections: A Solutions-Focused Summit was held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
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.
From Siloed Efforts to Collective Impact: Learning from LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative
Brisia Gutierrez, Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative
Chang Kim, City of Los Angeles
Taneil Franklin, Los Angeles Youth Collaborative, Young Leader
Mentorship is Critical to Improving Youth Outcomes: Perspectives from Multiple County Departments
David J. Carroll, Director, Los Angeles County Youth Development Department
Mary R. Barraza, LCSW, Senior Deputy Director, Prevention and Child Wellbeing Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Jessica Ku Kim, Chief Deputy of Economic Opportunity, County of Los Angeles
Reginal Carter, Deputy Director, DCFS
The Fair Futures Model: Leveraging Technology to Improve Mentorship
Tracy Jenkins, Co-Executive Director, The Center for Fair Futures
Steve “Spike” Spiker, Chief of Programs & Technology, One Degree
The Fostering Mentorship Connections Summit was made possible with generous support from: