Social Justice

What Being Chosen Means During a Global Pandemic – Foster Parents Article

by Foster Youth Museum director, Jamie Lee Evans I have interesting dreams.  Last night I dreamt there was a COVID-19 campaign for people to make friends instead of buying all the toilet paper they can find.  Then I woke up wondering how homeless people are supposed to shelter-in-place when they have no shelter to begin with. Then of course, my mind went to my foster youth community. Fosters – my word for anyone who has a day or more of…

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Chosen: Foster Youth and Their Chosen Families – Foster Parents Article

What supports young people to grow in resilience, success, good health and happiness? Love, connection and belonging. For foster youth this is even more profoundly true, even though fighting for food, clothing and shelter takes up so much energy. Join Foster Youth Museum and our latest exhibition Chosen: Foster Youth and Their Chosen Families and witness youth building their families through choosing, and through love.  The exhibition features compelling photo portraiture from Ray Bussolari and the stories from the mouths…

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See Me: Portraits of Foster Youth Documenting the Higher Ed Grind – Foster Parents Article

by Foster Youth Museum Executive Director, Jamie Lee Evans Unless you come from a long line of college graduates and have lots of support to swim through high school and apply for college, post secondary educational adventures aren’t easy.  Foster youth, in particular, have to grind hard to get into and finish college. The stats that surround them are rough. Too many enter the college marketplace with multiple school changes and lots of disruption during school years among other things.…

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Join Us – Fostering Resilience at SCMAH – Foster Parents Article

Join California Youth Connection and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) to discuss how foster youth not only survive, but thrive, contribute and make a difference. This event includes panel discussions from current, former, and older generations of foster youth, and youth-led performances.  Fostering Resilience: What it Took, What it Takes, and Where it Has Taken You When: Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Where: MAH Garden Room, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

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