Foster Care Updates

Collaborating for Change: San Francisco Family Support Network

Feb 24th, 2016 | By

San Francisco Family Support Network Charlene Clemens, Executive Director The San Francisco Family Support Network is a unique partnership of the stakeholders in the Family Support field: families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations. The San Francisco Family Support Network was founded in June 2004, building on the San Francisco Starting Points Initiative’s Strategic

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San Francisco Not for Young Families: The Plight of Young Parents in San Francisco

Feb 24th, 2016 | By

I think my pregnancy was a result of my childhood. I was homeless up until 6-7 years ago. I lived in cars, shelters, motels and my dad was in jail my entire childhood. He got out when I was 13 and two week later he was murdered. My mom was on drug my whole childhood

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San Francisco Business Times Reports on Larkin Street Youth Services

Jun 26th, 2015 | By

“For over three decades, Larkin Street has been transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth. Starting with a drop-in center in the ‘80s, Larkin Street has grown to a hub of programming, including drop-in centers, medical clinics, and Larkin Street Academy education and employment programs, in the heart of San Francisco along with emergency

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Mental Health in Communities of Color: Keeping it Culturally Relevant

Apr 28th, 2015 | By

Mental Health in Communities of Color: Keeping it Culturally Relevant Lizbett Calleros, MSW, Healing Specialist, Instituto Familiar de la Raza As a trauma specialist, what recommendations would you provide to other case mangers/ therapists/ counselors? In my experience, it is imperative for service providers working with trauma-impacted youth and young adults to meet individuals where

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The Need for Mental Health Advocacy in Policy

Apr 24th, 2015 | By

The Need for Mental Health Advocacy in Policy Nicollette S. Maristela, Community Advocate, Mental Health Association of San Francisco What is your role at MHASF? I am the community advocate at MHA. I’m the individual tasked with organizing and advocating for clients within our MHA system, SF county mental health system and community-based organizations. I facilitate community

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On the Road to Recovery: Meredith’s Story

Apr 21st, 2015 | By

On the Road to Recovery: Meredith’s Story Meredith Hardesty, Youth Advocate, 25  How did you begin accessing mental health services? I’ve always been in therapy because it was court ordered as a child due to being assaulted as a child. I deep dived into facilities and foster care at the age of 15. It didn’t

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Venus Rodriguez, Not for Sale Campaign, Supports Young Bay Area Women After Exploitation or Trafficking

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

What are some of the barriers to services for this population?

VENUS: For one example, young people classified as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, CSEC, they are not accepted for domestic violence programs. In a safe house for domestic violence victims, they get kicked out. For example, A safe place, a place that puts puts girls dealing with domestic violence into a hotel to stabilize their life, kicked out women that I knew, saying ‘well, she’s been exploited, so she will bringing john’s to that hotel we are providing.’ And don’t’ even think about foster care, they hang up the phone when say CSEC.

Jose-Luis Mejia speaks on teaching young people about mental illness and stigma, and breaking cycle of trauma

May 1st, 2014 | By

Growing up in a neighborhood of poverty or violence can traumatize any young person, and lead them to struggle with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—like anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior.

We spoke with TAYSF’s own Jose-Luis Mejia on his work as a Peer Educator teaching young people about mental illness and stigmas often attached to it through SOLVE. Jose-Luis graciously shares his personal story with trauma and its consequences to high school students and providers, and us!

LYRIC now accepting applications for F/T Youth Advocate

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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LYRIC is searching for an additional Youth Advocate to join its team! Interested candidates may view the job posting on Craigslist . Click here to download job description. Resumes and Cover Letters can be submitted to ““. Source: LYRIC, February 26, 2013

Larkin Street Youth Services now accepting applications for Chief of Programs

Dec 18th, 2012 | By

Larkin Street Youth Services is now accepting applications for Chief of Programs. Summary of Responsibilities: The Chief of Programs oversees the development, consistent implementation, operation, and effectiveness of all Larkin Street programs while demonstrating fidelity to Larkin Street’s model of care. Provides supervision and professional development to the Division Directors while ensuring a high degree

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