Pasadena Unified Establishes Foster Youth Advisory Council [Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal]

What an amazing solution story highlighting some great work done in the Pasadena Unified School District to support foster youth! The district has established an advisory council to ensure the success of the 400 foster youth enrolled across the district. The district has established services, training, programs and resource centers to support the needs of enrolled foster youth. 

At its meeting on August 25, 2016, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education approved the establishment of the Foster Youth Guardians/Parents and Advocates Council (FYGPAC) to assist in the academic success of foster students in the district. The purpose of the council is to improve the overall functioning of students and to facilitate their educational experience by addressing their academic, emotional, and behavioral needs.

“The Council brings together the internal and external resources of our community to support children at the most vulnerable times in their lives,” said Eric Sahakian, Executive Director of Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety, who is leading the district’s foster youth services. “With strong collaboration between partners and service agencies, we are better equipped to support foster youth through this time in their lives and to prepare them to be successful.”

Read the full story published in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal to learn more about how one community has come together to develop and sustain a comprehensive plan to support their foster youth.

 

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